Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 28VII l. 5

segir — says


segja (verb): say, tell


[5] segir: segja B, 624


[5] segir: B reads ‘segia’, regarded by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) as the 3rd pers. pl. pres. tense of the verb segja ‘to say’, used in the sense ‘people say’. He emends Ullr (l. 6) to Ull (so also Skald) and translates man fortæller mig, at ... ‘people tell me that ...’. However, segja renders the l. hypermetrical, and here Ullr has been retained as nom. sg., with emendation of segja to the necessary sg. verb, segir ‘says’.



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