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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 53 [Vol. 7, 120-1]

[2] : B is very badly worn here. The end of the word is completely obliterated by a hole, and only the vaguest traces remain of two (?) initial letters. Of these, only the very first downstroke is at all certain, and this might just as well represent the vestige of an <n> as a <u>. Sveinbjörn Egilsson adopts the suggestion made in a marginal note by the 399a-bˣ copyist (mediated to Sveinbjörn via Jón Sigurðsson’s 444ˣ transcript of 399a-bˣ) that the ms. reading should be undra, gen. pl. of undr ‘wonder, miracle’. In this, he is followed by Kempff and Finnur Jónsson (Skj B). Jón Helgason (1935-6, 260) comments that ‘the word undr fits very badly here, where the discussion does not concern God’s miracles but his mercy’. Jón reconstructs náða ‘mercies’, and is followed by Kock (NN §2926) and Black.


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