Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Knútdr 11I l. 5

hrafn — the raven


hrafn (noun m.; °hrafns; dat. hrafni; hrafnar): raven


[5] hrafn né: hrafni 75c, Bb, 68, hrafnar 325VII, R(33v), R(37r), né hrafnar Tóm, hrafn J2ˣ, frán né DG8, ‘hrafnin næ’ or ‘hrafmn næ’ A(13r), hrafn of C(5r)


[5] hrafn né svalta ‘the raven did not at all go hungry’: A number of mss read hrafni and omit , suggesting confusion in transmission (from hrafn né to ‘hrafne’, i.e. normalised dat. sg. hrafni). Similarly a number of mss, including those of Hkr, omit before svalta, presumably because it is not needed for sense; and -a (-at in some mss) supply a double, emphatic negative.



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