Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þjóð Yt 6I

[7] Hôalfs ‘of Hálfr <legendary king>’: The mss (exept F) have ‘halfs’, but for metrical reasons most eds have printed a presumed older, etymological form, Hôalfs, deriving from *Hô-alfr (Yng 1912) or Haþuwulafʀ (Noreen 1890, 315-16). The name remains bisyllabic even in later poetry, for vowel contraction was a late development which took place primarily after 1100 (see Finnur Jónsson 1921a, 261).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Yng 1912 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912. Ynglingasaga. Copenhagen: Gad.
  3. Finnur Jónsson. 1921a. Norsk-islandske kultur- og sprogforhold i 9. og 10. årh. Historisk-filologiske meddelelser 3.2. Copenhagen: Høst.
  4. Noreen, Adolf. 1890. ‘Några fornnordiska judlagar. I-V’. ANF 6, 303-39.


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