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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon (Ragn) 3VIII (Ragn 33)

[2] hvat er þik ‘what concern is it of yours’: Olsen (Ragn 1906-8, 217) compares Gríp 28/1 (NK 168): ‘Hvat er mic at því …’ ‘What is it to me …’, referring here to Lund (1862, 62), who gives this example along with others with the aim of showing that the use of the acc. in cases such as this reflects an early stage in the history of Old Norse at which the distinction in personal pronouns between the acc. (of the patient) and the dat. (of the recipient) had not yet developed (cf. Faarlund 2004, 165).


  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. Faarlund, Jan Terje. 2004. The Syntax of Old Norse: With a Survey of the Inflectional Morphology and a Complete Bibliography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. Lund, Georg Frederik Vilhelm. 1862. Oldnordisk ordföjningslære. Nordiske oldskrifter 29-31. Copenhagen: L. N. Kalcker for Det Nordiske Literatursamfund.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite ()


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