Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa, 52 [Vol. 7, 214]

[4] : A determinant of a man-kenning appears to be required here, but the metre predicts only that the two syllables should begin with a vowel and contain -yn. Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s conjecture, undlinns ‘of the wound-snake [SWORD]’, was rejected by Jón Helgason because it produces a poor rhyme. Finnur had ynðis ‘of happiness’ and added of before mynði to fill out the metre. Jón proposed instead odddyns ‘of the spear-din [BATTLE]’.


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