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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 1. Eiríksmál, 4 [Vol. 1, 1009]

[2] skalat ‘must not’: So Holthausen (1896) and Skj B (after Árni Magnússon’s correction in 761bˣ). The þú of the mss is retained by Möbius (1860), Fsk 1902-3, Jón Helgason (1968), and ÍF 29, but if skalt is a misreading of skalat, most likely þú is a scribal addition. Kershaw (1922, 97-8), like some others, retains skalt þú and translates, ‘Surely thou art talking folly’. Hofmann (1955, 46-8) offers a similar analysis, assuming future meaning for skalt on the basis of influence from OE sculan. Lindquist (1929, 10) retains þú and takes ll. 1-3 as a question.


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