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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Anonymous Poems, Krákumál, 18 [Vol. 8, 753]

[7] roðinn ‘emptied’: Or possibly ‘reddened’. From the ms. readings it seems that there is a case here for retaining the r- as opposed to the hr- spelling, cf. the first Note to st. 2/10; this leaves open, however, the question of whether what is meant here is hroðinn ‘emptied’, p. p. of hrjóða ‘empty, clear’, here spelt without the initial <h>, or whether roðinn is here to be taken as p. p. of rjóða ‘redden’, meaning here ‘reddened (with blood)’. Among previous eds Finnur Jónsson (1893b; 1905; Skj B) and Kock (Skald) spell hroðinn, clearly accepting the former alternative, while earlier eds all spell roðinn, Pfeiffer (1860, 300) and Wisén (1886-9, I; cf. 1886-99, II, 235-6) apparently accepting the latter alternative, while Rafn (1826, 133) admits that both alternatives are possible, though gives preference in his translation (1826, 17, rydded ‘cleared’) to the former one. It seems safest to leave both possibilities open. Magnús Ólafsson in LR (Worm 1636), the only one of the ms. sources that has the spelling hroðinn (‘hrodin’), in fact translates it as Lat. rubefactae (f. pl., agreeing with naves ‘ships’), i.e. ‘reddened’.


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