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Note to stanza
[5, 7] ǫðlingr (m.) ‘nobleman’: A prince or a leader; from Gmc *aðulingaz (cf. aðal ‘nature’ and ‘chief’ (in compounds); AEW: ǫðlingr). According to Skm (SnE 1998, I, 103), the Ǫðlingar were descendants of Auði, a son of Hálfdan gamli (see Introduction above), but the words Auði and ǫðlingr are not etymologically related. Because ǫðlingr is mentioned twice in this stanza, Kock (NN §2160; Skald) suggests the reading auðlingr in l. 7, but that reading has no support in the ms. witnesses. Ms. A has identical readings in both lines (‘ø̨ðlingr’); the word is omitted in l. 7 in ms. B.
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