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Note to Þjóð Yt 25I

[7] heiptrœkt ‘hate-filled’: The spelling of ‘-rø̨ct’ is normalised to ‑rœkt (oe ligature) in Skj B, Skald and this edn, whereas other eds print ‑rækt (ae ligature). Although the two forms are merged in ModIcel., they were distinct at the period in question. The adj. rœkr, related to OIcel. rœkja ‘to attend to sth., take care of sth.’, describes someone active and attentive (Fritzner: rœkr) and appears in words like fjǫlrœkr ‘effective, industrious’ and tírrœkr ‘covetous of honour’ (LP: fjǫlrœkr, tírrœkr), and hence also heiptrœkr ‘hate-filled’. The adj. rækr, by contrast, is derived from the verb reka ‘to repel’ and means ‘something that can or must be repelled’.


  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. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.


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