Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 4II l. 8

en — but


2. en (conj.): but, and


[8] en þat vas (‘enn þat var’): var þat fyrir H


[4, 8] en þat vas skǫmmu; en þat vas lǫngu ‘and that was a short time ago; but that was a long time ago’: These echo ll. 4 and 8 in Þfisk Lv 1-3, Hharð Lv 10-11 and Anon (HSig) 3-4, linking Þjóðólfr’s st. to the others in the skaldic repartee (on which see Fidjestøl 1971, which includes comment on variants in the ‘refrain’, and on other links between the sts). There may also be a more distant echo of vas þat fyr lǫngu in Þjóð Haustl 6/2III (cf. Gade 1995a, 156, 261 n. 18). The H reading here may echo Haust and/ or the similar l. 8 of Þfisk Lv 1-2.



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