Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 23I l. 6

lengi — for a long time


lengi (adv.): for a long time



[6] lengi ‘for a long time’: The ms. reading is retained here although it does not make ideal sense. The context would suggest ‘anything further’, i.e. nothing more is known, and this seems to be the understanding of Finnur Jónsson (Skj B), who emends to (en) lengri and translates udover dette ‘beyond this’; but if this is the sense one would expect either the adv. lengr ‘longer’ (in time) or the n. comp. adj. lengra ‘(something) longer’, while lengri would be the comp. adj. ‘longer’ agreeing with f. acc. sg. hegju ‘condition, life’, hence perhaps ‘No-one can tell a still longer [story of] the life of …’.



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