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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eskál Vell 21I l. 5

Ýtti — set out


ýta (verb): launch


[5] Ýtti: so F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 61, 53, Bb, FskBˣ, ýti Kˣ, 325VIII 1, 54, veit ek at 62, Flat, ýtri FskAˣ


[5, 6] ýtti af fjórum folklǫndum ‘set out from four folklǫnd’: Ýtti has been rendered in one of two ways. (a) ‘He set out (on a ship)’ (this edn, and Konráð Gíslason 1872, 30 and 1895-7, I, 141; Hkr 1893-1901, IV; Skj B; cf. Fritzner: ýta 2; LP: ýta). (b) ‘He called for, conscripted’ in conjunction with allri yrþjóð ‘the whole people’ (Vell 1865, 49-50; ÓT 1892, 374; ÍF 26; Hkr 1991; ÍF 29). However, ýta with a personal object in the dat. means ‘to assist in launching a boat’ (Fritzner: ýta 1), and allri yrþjóð is better construed with the intercalary clause.



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