Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur, 11 [Vol. 2, 588-9]

[7] gekk ‘I went’: Gekk must represent gekk ek ‘I went’: the 1st pers. sg. pron. is needed, but the alternative of inn gekk ek, þars brunnu eldar (as in R702ˣ, followed by Skj B) would require the pron. to bear the alliteration and would remove the kenning which indicates the menace felt by Rǫgnvaldr (see next Note). The mention of Óðinn in the first helmingr suggests that a parallel mention in the second helmingr is appropriate.


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