Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnússflokkr, 15 [Vol. 2, 82-3]

[8] ráðinn ‘destroyed’: Ráða can mean ‘betray’ or ‘seal another’s fate’, often by killing, as in GSúrs Lv 21/5, 8V, segja Þorketil ráðinn ‘report that Þorkell has been killed’, and ráða e-n can mean ‘plot sby’s death’ (Fritzner: ráða 7). While no treachery is involved here, the sense of destruction is present. Cf. Note to Arn Þorfdr 20/5.


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