Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 23VII l. 7

lærðir — learned


2. læra (verb): learned



[7-8]: These ll. cannot be made sense of without emendation. The present edn follows Skj B and Skald. Wrightson retains the ms. reading, but emends ýmsa saungva (m. acc. pl.) ‘various songs’ (l. 8) to ýmsum söngum (m. dat. pl.) ‘with various songs’ and translates the ll. as ‘learned people have adorned Him for a long time with various songs to His praise and glory’. That construction is ungrammatical, because prýddi (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘adorned’ cannot be construed with the pl. subject lærðir menn ‘learned men’ (see NS §70).



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