Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Vestv 5I l. 7

ræðr — decides


ráða (verb): advise, rule, interpret, decide


[7] ræðr: réð 75a


[7-8] goð sjalfr ræðr ǫllu gǫrva ‘God himself decides everything completely’: It is not clear whether the dominant tone here is of resignation (cf. Hkr 1893-1901, IV) or of hope for better things (ÍF 27; also Hkr 1991). The stanza is probably best read in conjunction with st. 7 as the poet accepting the financial consequences of not becoming a firm supporter of Knútr.



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