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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 90 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks, 9) [Vol. 8, 459]

[3] síðförlan ‘the one travelling late’: Only recorded once elsewhere, Ket 3a/3 seggr síðförull ‘man travelling late’, but ‑fǫrull is also compounded with other words with similar meaning, e.g. Arn Magndr 11/6I allnǫ́ttfǫrull ‘ever prowling by night’, Rv Lv 5/3II kveldfǫrlastr karl ‘old man who was out and about most in the evening’. Kock emends the half-line to ok síðfǫrull hann, making síðfǫrull apply to Hlǫðr and hann, acc., to the man. In FF §16 he proposes the meaning som färda[t]s vida, långvägafarande ‘who travels widely, far-travelling’, arguing, by comparison to the Old English phrase sīde and wīde ‘far and wide’ that síðfǫrull is essentially synonymous with víðfǫrull ‘far-travelled’ (which occurs in, e.g. Ǫrv 133/7, Ket 21/2). This seems unlikely, however, as the context of the síð- compounds would suggest late-night travelling is an appropriate description.


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