Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 9II l. 2

vildra — of prized


vilðr (adj.): desirable



[1, 2] gjǫfvinr vildra Sygna ‘the gift-friend of prized Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr]’: The variant gjafvinr would be equally acceptable; either reading is a hap. leg. The Sygnir are the people of Sogn, the district around Sognefjorden in western Norway. Skj B takes vildra as a comp. adj. qualifying n. acc. sg. gagn, hence ‘a better victory’, which is possible but assumes a more disjointed w. o. (and see NN §1135)



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