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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 3III l. 1

Lakkar — of Hlǫkk


2. Hlǫkk (noun f.): Hlǫkk



[1] Lakkar ‘of Hlǫkk <valkyrie>’: The removal of aspiration occurs in the substitution of Lakkar for Hlakkar (Hlǫkk, a valkyrie-name) to produce correct alliteration (TGT 1927, 46): Hér er lakkar sett fyrir hlakkar at kveðandi haldiz ‘Here Lakkar is used instead of Hlakkar so that the verse-form is preserved’, i.e. to achieve alliteration. Björn Magnússon Ólsen (TGT 1884, 177) suggests a Norwegian pronunciation, which Finnur Jónsson (TGT 1927, 93) uses to date the couplet to C12th. Initial h- was lost in Norwegian in the C12th in certain phonetic environments (cf. Seip 1955, 76), but the couplet may have been composed later than that.



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