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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Sturlaugs saga starfsama 1 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama, 1) — Thirty Women [Vol. 8, 783]

[6] at höfuðblóti ‘for a major sacrifice’: Finnur Jónsson in Skj A reads here ‘oc hofs bloti’, commenting in a note that the line in 335 is somewhat unclear, especially hofs, in which the last <s> is rather large (næppe hofuð ‘hardly höfuð’). In spite of his disclaimer, this ed. reads the final letter as <d> or possibly <ð>, as does Zitzelsberger (StSt 1969, 21). FSN and FSGJ adopt at hofblóti ‘for the temple sacrifice’. Ms. 589f and some other mss read höfuðblót mikit ‘a large major sacrifice’, and this reading is preferred by StSt 1694Skj B and Skald.


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