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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to AngH Lv 10VIII (Heiðr 118)

[2] óskerðar basmir ‘undivided riches’: Both words are hap. leg. in poetry and clearly were not well understood by the scribes. All eds emend though NK retains R715ˣ’s ‘basnir’. Óskerðr ‘undivided’ is well attested in prose (cf. ONP: óskerðr), but basmir (f. pl.; sg. *bǫsm (?)) is otherwise unknown and the meaning is uncertain; Bugge (Heiðr 1873, 367) suggested it may refer to rings (see also AEW: basmir). On the suffixes in ‑m- rather than ‑n-, which are generally accepted, see NN §2378, which also posits a relation to OE basu ‘purple, crimson’, Sanskrit bhās ‘shine’. Heiðr 97/2 has here fagrar veigar ‘fair draughts’, but this has its own problems; see Note there.


  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. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  4. 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.
  5. ONP = Degnbol, Helle et al., eds. 1989-. A Dictionary of Old Norse Prose / Ordbog over det norrøne prosasprog. 1-. Copenhagen: The Arnamagnæan Commission.
  6. Heiðr 1873 = Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1873. Hervarar saga ok Heidreks. Det Norske oldskriftselskabs samlinger 17. Christiania (Oslo): Brøgger.
  7. Internal references
  8. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 97 (Angantýr Heiðreksson, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 469.


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