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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa, 56 [Vol. 7, 217-18]

[8]: Instead of the first <þ> and the preceding word space, Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1833) read <rþ>, which was repeated in Skj A and B. Jón Helgason 1932-3 suggested aldýrð þegar es skýrðu ‘when [they] explained ... glorious’ but was not satisfied with aldýrð (according to the prose text, the brothers told each other alla sǫgu sem gengit hafði yfir þá ‘all the events which had happened to them’, not merely their happy memories). Another possibility which would be compatible with the legible remains of the words as described in Jón Helgason 1932-3 is aldrs bǫl þegars tǫlðu ‘when [they] told of the misfortunes of [their] life’ (Louis-Jensen 1998, 122). The conjecture in NN §3136 (ǫld es furðu tǫlðu) contains an unsatisfactory rhyme.


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