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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Rloð Lv 1VIII (Ragn 1)

[5, 8] bíði … smjúga ‘succeeds … in creeping’: For bíða + inf. in the sense ‘succeed in, manage to’, Olsen (Ragn 1906-8, 195) refers to Hávm 41/6 (NK 23): ef þat bíðr at verða vel ‘if things are going to work out’. The absence in the present instance of the inf. marker at (‘to’ + inf.) may be noted, cf. Note to 23/5-6, below. Bíði is subj. following nema ‘unless’.


  1. Bibliography
  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.
  3. Ragn 1906-8 = Olsen 1906-8, 111-222.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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