Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Hfl 14I l. 4

þopti — benchmate


þofti (noun m.): companions, benchmate


[4] þopti: þoptum 73aˣ, 78aˣ, þoptu 68, 61


[4] þopti skjǫldunga ‘benchmate of kings [RULER]’: Skald and ÍF 27 divide the helmingr into couplets, as here. Skj B takes the ruler-kenning as an apostrophe belonging with bjótt ‘you prepared’ (l. 1), and thus regards the helmingr as consisting of a main clause in ll. 1-2 and part of l. 4, with an intercalary clause in between.



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