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Note to Mark Eirdr 15II

[4] miklu ‘great’: The word does not provide the required aðalhending and all modern eds except Knýtl 1919-25 emend here. As all the mss agree on miklu (which makes good sense), it is retained here, despite the metrical infidelity. Skj B emends to gildu ‘splendid’, qualifying liði ‘troop’ (l. 4). Skald’s emendation to mildi ‘generous’, qualifying hildingr ‘prince’ is perhaps preferable to gildu, as it retains the first two letters of the ms. readings, and, as NN §3104 notes, it anticipates mildingr in the next st. A further possible emendation which would restore the aðalhending is vildru ‘desirable, splendid’, qualifying liði.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Knýtl 1919-25 = Petersens, Carl af and Emil Olsen, eds. 1919-25. Sǫgur danakonunga. 1: Sǫgubrot af fornkonungum. 2: Knýtlinga saga. SUGNL 66. Copenhagen: SUGNL.

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