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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (biog. vol. 1), 1. Haustlǫng, 13 [Vol. 3, 451]

[1-2] skǫpt hófu skjótt brinna, en ginnregin skófu ‘shafts quickly began to burn, which the mighty powers had shaved’: This seems the most likely interpretation of these lines, in accordance with Skm (SnE 1998, I, 2): Þá gengu þeir út undir Ásgarð ok báru þannig byrðar af lokarspánum ‘Then they [the gods] went out below Ásgarðr and carried there loads of wood-shavings’. Kock (Skald and NN §1811) emends skjótt ‘quickly’ (l. 1) to skǫf ‘shavings’ and en (l. 1) to enn and construes skǫf hófu brinnaenn ginnregin skófu skǫpt ‘shavings began to burn – in addition the mighty powers had shaved the shafts’. He had previously (NN §225) proposed that skǫpt ‘shafts’ be taken as the subject of hófu brinna and the object of en ginnregin skófu


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