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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Krm 26VIII l. 4

vekja — start


1. vekja (verb): awaken, rouse


[4] hildi vekja: ‘[...] (vek)ia’(?) 147


[2, 4] mundu … vekja ‘would … start’: Lit. ‘would wake’. A sense of strong probability is required here, in view of what is conveyed by the conditional clause in ll. 5-8. However, both the majority mss’ reading vildu and that of 147, mundu, adopted here, are 3rd pers. pl. pret. indic. rather than the expected subj. forms. Previous eds up to and including Wisén (1886-9) retain the majority mss’ reading vildu, while Finnur Jónsson (1893b; 1905; Skj B) and Kock (Skald) emend to vildi, 3rd pers. pl. pret. subj. of vilja, in order to obtain the appropriate sense ‘would wish’. The required sense of ‘would’ is however adequately conveyed by the reading mundu, 3rd pers. pl. pret. indic. of munu ‘will, shall, be likely to’ (see NS §§177(b) Anm. 1, and 195(b) Anm. 2).



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