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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to SnSt Ht 26III

[6] gjǫf sér til launa ‘a gift looks for rewards’: This must be a variation on the saying sér æ gjǫf til gjalda ‘a gift always looks for repayments’ (see Gísl ch. 15, ÍF 6, 52). See also Hávm 145/3 (NK 41) ey sér til gildis giǫf ‘a gift always looks for payment’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. ÍF 6 = Vestfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Björn K. Þórólfsson and Guðni Jónsson. 1943.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite (GíslV)
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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