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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon (Ragn) 1VIII (Ragn 16)

[6] æ nýjari ‘no more recent’: The form æ, most often understood to mean ‘always, ever’, may apparently also occur in the meaning ‘not (at all), never’ (see Vafþr 36/6; cf. CVC: æ II; LT: æ), and should be so understood in this latter sense here, as Kock (NN §3197F) confirms, so that emendation of þung ‘heavy’ in the previous line to the negative pron. as adj. engi ‘no, not any’, is unnecessary (at least if considerations of alliteration are disregarded, see the previous Note).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. CVC = Cleasby, Richard, Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and W. A. Craigie. 1957. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon.
  4. LT = La Farge, Beatrice and John Tucker. 1992. Glossary to the Poetic Edda, based on Hans Kuhn’s Kurzes Wörterbuch. Skandinavistische Arbeiten 15. Heidelberg: Winter.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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