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Note to Anon Pét 16VII

[6] ótt ... sótti ‘suddenly ... seized’: Ms. reads ‘ætt ... setti’ (with skothending). Kahle (1898, 110) suggests that hræzlan setti refers to Christ who ‘subdued fear’, but hræzlan (nom. sg. with suffixed def. art.) must be the subject rather than the object of the verb. Finnur Jónsson’s emendation (Skj B) ótt ... sótti makes good sense and provides the expected aðalhending. His reading is silently accepted by Kock (Skald) and is adopted here.


  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. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.


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