Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 1. Eiríksmál, 1 [Vol. 1, 1006]

[2] lítlu ‘a little’: So also, e.g., Holthausen (1896, 87). Though most eds prefer the SnE reading rísa ‘arise, get up’, giving the sense ‘I thought I arose before daybreak’, the repetition of rísa in l. 6 is then clumsy, and indeed, it is easier to see how that second rísa should have given rise to the reading in SnE than to explain lítlu as a corruption of rísa.


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