Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 40VII l. 7

iðranar — of repentance


iðrun (noun f.; °iðranar/iðrunar): repentance



[7] bekkr iðranar ‘the brook of repentance [TEARS]’: Beiskr (m. nom. sg.) ‘bitter’ (so 713) makes no sense, because iðranar ‘of repentance’ is f. gen. sg. Furthermore, the adj. beiskr leaves the l. without internal rhyme. The present edn has adopted the emendations of Sperber, Skj B and Skald. Wrightson emends to beiskrar (f. gen. sg.) ‘of bitter’ which is taken with iðranar ‘of repentance’, and she retains bragnar (m. nom. pl.) ‘people’ as the subject of laugi ‘wash’ (‘may people bathe their cheeks and eyes out of a tearful breast of bitter repentance’). However, beiskrar ‘of bitter’ makes the l. hypermetrical.



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