Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnússflokkr, 16 [Vol. 2, 83-4]

[1] rǫnn ‘buildings’: (a) This reading matches ‘homesteads’ and hús ‘houses, buildings’ and allows the syntax of the helmingr to fall quite readily into place. It, and the arrangement set out above, is adopted in all the eds listed above (with Kock offering parallels in NN §853) except those by Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901 and Skj B. (b) However, rǫnd ‘shield’ enjoys equally strong, if not stronger, ms. support, and Finnur retains this, taking it as the object of þorðir meiða ‘you dared to harm’ (l. 2) (and Fms naturally retains rǫnd since its text is based on H, Hr). The price is separating ‘homesteads’ in l. 2 from þorðir meiða, the verb phrase that surrounds it, and taking together lézt reiðr bú hyrfeld ‘you, angry, made homesteads fire-razed’, all widely spaced in the text.

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