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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Breta saga 10 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II, 10) [Vol. 8, 143]

[1] reyna ‘to test’: This reading and gloss are accepted by all eds but LP: reyna 3 glosses as tyde ‘interpret’ (contrast Skj B’s prøve ‘test’) and suggests that the reading may have arisen in error for rýna ‘enquire (into), investigate’. But emendation (or re-interpretation of the ms. reading) is not called for, inasmuch as in ll. 1-2 Gunnlaugr appears to amplify the idea in DGB that the woman is trying all her arts, i.e. those of healing, as requested by the inhabitants of Winchester, rather than enquiring into the causes of the crisis.


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