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 varð fyrri gǫrr í fǫr ‘was ready for the journey … earlier’: Gǫrr cannot be separated from varð, since a break in the syntax at this point is impossible for metrical reasons (Gade 1995a, 85). This eliminates every suggestion that gǫrr could go with one of the other words in the helmingr: gǫrr galdrs ‘ready for magic’ (Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1851, 7); gǫrr meinsvárans ‘ready to bear false witness’ (Finnur Jónsson 1900b, 378; Skj B; Guðmundur Finnbogason 1924, 174); gǫrr sóknar ‘ready to do battle’ (Reichardt 1948, 341).
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