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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Women 2III

[5] hǫptu ‘the bondwoman’: Hapta is the f. nom. sg. form of haptr m. ‘prisoner’ (cf. hapt n. ‘bond, fetter’ and the weak verb hepta ‘to bind’); hence denoting a female prisoner. Otherwise hapta is attested only in the eddic lays (cf. Guðr I 9/1-2, NK 203 Þá varð ec hapta | ok hernuma ‘Then I became a bondwoman and a captive’).


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  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.
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