Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Óldr 16II l. 4

mildi — generous


mildr (adj.; °compar. -ri/-ari, superl. -astr): mild, gentle, gracious, generous



[4] mildi konr hildinga (m. nom. sg.) ‘the generous kinsman of lords [KING]’: For the present version, see NN §§894, 1853D. Skj B emends to kon hildinga (m. acc. sg.) and construes the following: svát alls engi snjallra jǫfra má mildi hildinga kon ‘so that absolutely none [of the other] undaunted princes can measure up to the kinsman of lords in terms of generosity’. That reading presupposes an unattested use of the verb mega (má mildi e-m ‘can measure up to sby in terms of generosity’; see LP: mildi 1).



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