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KrákÁsl Lv 11VIII (RagnSon 1) (Kráka/Áslaug) l. 6

nás — of the dead


nár (noun m.; °-s; -ir): corpse



[5] nýtinjótar nás ‘the devourers of the dead [RAVENS/EAGLES]’: Lit. ‘great enjoyers of the corpse’. The hap. leg. nýtinjótar is a cpd noun, whose second element is ‑njótar, m. nom. pl., meaning ‘enjoyers, users’ (CVC: njótr) and its cognate first element nýti- (from nýta ‘make use of, enjoy’) is an intensifier (LP: nýtinjótr). It forms the base-word, with nás ‘of the corpse’ as its determinant, in a kenning for birds or beasts of battle, most probably the ravens of ll. 1-2.



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