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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 34 [Vol. 7, 506]

[5] eik ger oss: Only ‘ei…du’ is now visible in B, the enclitic ‘du’ being removed in normalisation. Rydberg and 399a-bˣ read ‘eik’ with certainty. Jón Sigurðsson, the author of the 444ˣ transcript, is confused by this reading, and tries to make sense of 399a-bˣ’s ‘ge ir’ by suggesting the reconstruction geimir, though it is not clear how this would fit the context. Sveinbjörn Egilsson provides a marginal n. to 444ˣ, suggesting that ‘ge ir’ should be understood to represent ger 2nd pers. sg. pres. of gera ‘to make’, adding a Lat. gloss ‘i.e. fac’ to resolve the confusion. The 399a-bˣ transcript has been corrected by a non-scribal hand, possibly Jón Sigurðsson’s, to reflect this interpretation, which also informs Rydberg’s reading.


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