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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Bjbp Jóms 2I

[4] handfǫgr ‘with beautiful hands’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) and Carl af Petersens (Jvs 1879) note that hand- has been corrected from harm ‘sorrow’ but this is no longer clear in the ms. The cpd adj. is also found, again qualifying kona ‘woman’, in KormǪ Lv 63/4V (Korm 84). The vocabulary relating to hands in the helmingr (this cpd, and hendir ‘grips’, l. 1, á hendi mér ‘to me’, l. 3) emphasises the woman’s hold on the poet.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Jvs 1879 = Petersens, Carl af, ed. 1879. Jómsvíkinga saga (efter Cod. AM. 510, 4:to) samt Jómsvíkinga drápa. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite (KormǪ Lv 63V (Korm 84))


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