Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 3. Austrfararvísur, 17 [Vol. 1, 606]

[6] vǫrðr ‘guardian’: Some of the mss have gen. sg. vǫrðs. Kock in NN §629 prefers the vocative reading, but in §3031 he defends the gen. one (with vǫrðs qualified by ens/ins milda ‘of the generous’ in l. 5), while Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson (ÍF 27) regards it as implausible that Sigvatr should have formed the gen. of vǫrðr as anything but varðar. Jón Skaptason (1983, 98) adopts the poss. reading and has ens/ins milda malma vǫrðs ‘of the generous guardian of metals’ depend on mál/môl ‘arrangements’ in l. 5.


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