Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 66 [Vol. 7, 637-8]

[7] bjúgi ‘recoiling’: JH (see also Finnur Jónsson 1772-8, II, 430-1 and Nj 1875-8, II, 947-51) was tempted to emend to beygði ‘bent, bowed, turned’ in order to preserve the dunhent pattern of the st. Cf. the analogous use of the word in the phrase hinn bjúgi ormr ‘the twisted serpent’ in 60/7. The meaning of bjúgi underlines the circular nature of the process the st. describes.


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