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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 43 [Vol. 7, 176-7]

[7] ramligt hús þars reistum ‘where we [I] raised a strong building’: Cf. Has 59/3 ramligs bús af ræsi. B’s ramligs must be emended to ramligt, to agree with hús (n. acc. sg.). Both Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) emend thus. The poet appears to be thanking Rúnolfr (see Note below) for helping him establish the foundation (grundvǫllr, l. 3) of Leið, presumably its basic structure, and he continues this metaphorical comparison here between composing a poem and building a house. Cf. Egill Arkv 25V and Kálf Kátr 1/4 for similar comparisons.


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