Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 36VII l. 7


3. at (prep.): at, to



[7] að greindum stuðli ‘the “prop” having been established’: The construction + p.p. is similar to Lat. ablative absolute (cf. CVC: at with dat. B.IV.2); the sense is that, as the poem and its metre have been established, the poet is now ready to move into the stefjabálkr. Kock proposes (NN §3375) that stuðill refers here to the first alliterating ‘support’ of the hǫfuðstafr in the stef (st. 37). At Skj B Finnur Jónsson renders the phrase for en god digtning ‘for a good poem’, but in LP: stuðill he modifies this to ved hjælp af den fornuftige (?) støtte (også allusion til bistave)? ‘with the help of the sensible (?) support (also an allusion to the alliterating “props”)?’.



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