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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Breta saga 14 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II, 14) [Vol. 8, 147]

[7]: The quantity of the <i> in vísundr appears to have been variable. In its present metrical position it is required to be long, although Skj B and Skald give this example as short. The vowel is short in Sigv ErfÓl 3/8I and Arn Magndr 6/4II. LP, AEW: visundr both give the vowel as short, perhaps in view of the word’s West Germanic cognates, while ONP and most other dictionaries of medieval and modern Icelandic have it as long.


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