Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 9I l. 3

vási — a drenching storm

lemma:

vás (noun n.; °-s; dat. -um): hardship

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notes:

[3] í vási ‘in a drenching storm’: Vás means ‘wetness, toil, fatigue, from storm, sea, frost, bad weather, or the like’ (CVC: vás), but some of the examples show that vás may simply refer to adverse weather (as a cause of fatigue). Í vási can be variously construed. (a) It is taken here with the subordinate clause (so also Kock, NN §1861; Jón Skaptason 1983, 90). (b) Taking it in the sense ‘in a storm’ in the main, initial clause is also satisfactory, providing a reference to stormy weather in each clause, though the word order is more complex. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) adopted this arrangement, following Ternström (1871). He seems to have understood vás as describing Sigvatr’s condition, rather than the weather (cf. LP: vás, defining it as strabadser ‘fatigue, toils’).

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