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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 3VII l. 1

fremja — complete


fremja (verb): advance, perform



[1]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) observes that this l., which is almost illegible due to a tear in 713, may be more or less of a repetition of l. 8 in st. 2. If so, the poet is employing a rhetorical figure (anadiplosis) similar to the one that Snorri Sturluson called drǫgur ‘drawings’ in Ht (SnE 1999, 11 and n. to st. 16/9-10). Kock (Skald; NN §3383) has Dæmi gefi mér drápu at fremja ‘Give me a model to complete a drápa’. Sperber suggests Deili orðfimi drápu að fremja ‘Award word-skill to complete a drápa’, but his reading is unmetrical (the fourth, unstressed syllable cannot carry internal rhyme). The expected sense seems to require a concessional cl.: ‘assuming Christ helps me to complete a drápa, I will tell of a holy maiden …’.



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