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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ragnars saga loðbrókar 33 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Ragnars saga loðbrókar, 3) — Liðsmaðr 2 [Vol. 8, 689]

[3-4]: Some eds (Ragn 1906-8, 217; Finnur Jónsson (Skj B); Kock (Skald); Eskeland (Ragn 1944); Guðni Jónsson (FSGJ) and Ebel (Ragn 2003) omit þess, n. gen. sg. of ‘that’ in l. 4, probably for metrical reasons and possibly because examples of vinna ‘achieve, bring about’, as a transitive verb with a direct object in the gen. are hard to find. As to the gen. form þess in l. 4, it is likely that the verb vinna, occurring here in the supine (unnit) in l. 3, is here being used in the intransitive sense of ‘act, function’, and that þess er has here the meaning of ‘in such a way that’ (see LP: 3). Alternatively, it is possible that we have here in truncated form an instance of the verb being used, also intransitively, in the phrase at vinna til e-s, ‘attain to sth.’, with the prep. til ‘to’ omitted. Neither alternative need discourage the use in translation of a verb used transitively meaning ‘accomplish’ or ‘achieve’, however.


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