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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sigv Víkv 9I

[6] ógnvaldr ‘battle-causer [WARRIOR]’: The rhyming of -ld- : -lð- (here vald- : talð-) is allowed in dróttkvætt (Kuhn 1983, 79). The reading ‘dvalþ̄’ does not make sense but may have arisen as a hypercorrect attempt to produce a rhyme of -- : --. The reading ógnvaldr is chosen here since it has the widest support in the paradosis, and the second person address to Óláfr is paralleled in sts 2/8 (which has allvaldr ‘mighty ruler’), 5/1 and 11/1. The main alternatives ógnvalds ‘of the warrior’ and ógndjarfr ‘battle-brave’ are possible but poorly represented.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Kuhn, Hans (1899). 1983. Das Dróttkvætt. Heidelberg: Winter.


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