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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Útsteinn Útkv 9VIII (Hálf 50)

[All]: There are various metrical irregularities in ll. 1-4, the first two of which are málaháttr (for l. 1, see Note below). Line 2 could be made regular if the at in at deila were deleted, as is done in Skj B and Skald. Line 4 could also be restored to regularity if the expletive particle of or um were added as aldr of/um skapaðr, a collocation that is common in Old Norse poetry; cf. eino dœgri | mér var aldr um scapaðr (Skí 13/4-5, NK 72) ‘on one day my life was shaped’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  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. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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