Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Anonymous Lausavísur, 2. Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar, 7 [Vol. 2, 820-1]

[9]: The repetition of the last l. is characteristic of prophetic sts, and such repetitions are a feature of the metre galdralag ‘incantation metre’ (SnSt Ht 101III; SnE 1999, 39, 74). In this particular case, the l. is syntactically incomplete (sveita ‘blood’ and Urðr of heitin ‘known as the Urðr’ belong to two different clauses in l. 8), but sveita ‘blood’ could be construed as a gen. qualifying Urðr (‘the Urðr of blood’). Urðr was one of the norns of fate in ON mythology (see SnE 2005, 18).


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