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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Eilífr Goðrúnarson, 1. Þórsdrápa, 14 [Vol. 3, 105]

[1] þars ‘when’: Like most previous eds (Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1851, 30; Finnur Jónsson 1900b, 392; Skj B; NN §460), the present edn emends þeirs ‘they who’ to þars, since no word in the preceding stanza can serve as the antecedent of the rel. Hence the first helmingr of this stanza consists of a subordinate clause (cf. NN §2514 D; Reichardt 1948, 369); comparable cases in Þdr are unz ‘until’ (st. 10/1-4) and svát ‘so that’ (st. 18/1-4). Reichardt (1948, 371-2) suggested the emendation þeir* to get a main clause whose subject would be þeir* hugumbornir ‘the ones born with courage’, which reduces the skothending to just one consonant (þeir : hers-). Whereas such a rhyme is not impossible, the separation of the dem. pron. þeir (l. 1) and the adj. with which it belongs syntactically (hugumbornir, l. 2) must be rejected.


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