Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Poems, 4. Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason, 5 [Vol. 1, 1066]

[5, 6] lastvarr í lund ‘faultless in temperament’: Previous eds have taken lund as lundr m. ‘grove of trees’, choosing to see in this phrase a further allusion to the prose sources, according to which Óláfr receives angelic visitors in a rjóðr ‘forest clearing’ (ÓT 1958-2000, II, 235 specifies a fagrt hús ‘beautiful house’ in this clearing). Finnur Jónsson (1884-91, 120; Skj B) emends í ‘in’ to ór ‘out of’ and reads lastvarr harri var kominn þar ór lund af landi ‘the faultless lord had come there out of the grove from the land’, but even with emendation the juxtaposition of two prepositional phrases in ór lund af landi is awkward; nor are a grove and a clearing quite the same thing, to say nothing of ÓT’s fagrt hús. The present interpretation as lund f. ‘mind, temperament’ receives some additional support from the closely similar line ÞjóðA Sex 5/1II, where við lund seems to mean ‘with purpose’, though the helmingr from which it comes is incomplete.


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