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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Gautreks saga 28 (Starkaðr gamli Stórvirksson, Víkarsbálkr, 20) — Starkaðr [Vol. 8, 273]

[1, 2] réð … at senda ‘sent’: Here réð functions as an auxiliary with senda ‘send’. For réð formulas in the sense ‘rule’, which characteristically begin a stanza or a helmingr see, e.g., st. 30/1 below, as well as Anon Nkt 8/1, 12/1, 16/5, 23/1, 28/5II, etc. Cf. also Þjóð Yt 26/5I as well as the kviðuháttr stanza on the Rök stone (Run Ög136VI Ræð Þiðrikr). These formulas must have been a staple of the genealogical kviðuháttr tradition.


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