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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 5 [Vol. 1, 870]

[All]: The syntax of the stanza as preserved in is unique among the extant mss, with svát in l. 1 and ok in l. 5. Holm2 and 61, as well as Tóm (representing the A and C classes of ÓH mss), have svá in l. 1 and svát in l. 5. As this yields much better sense, it is adopted here (as also in Magerøy 1948). The stanza is thus marked in ll. 1 and 5 by a syntactic and lexical correlation that appears pleonastic (þar svá ‘there so’ … svát þar ‘(so) that there’), unless the first þar refers to Óláfr’s shrine and the second to his body. As mentioned in the Note to st. 4 [All], however, the syntax of the end of the previous stanza and the start of this one must remain uncertain, owing to the loss of lines.


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