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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Leið 6VII

[8] sollit gollstǫfum ‘embellished [lit. swollen] with golden letters’: Normalisation of B’s ‘sullet’ is necessary to preserve the correct sequence of vowels in a Class III strong verb (cf. ANG §489). This in turn necessitates normalisation to goll- in order to preserve the rhyme. Although goll and gull coexisted for a while (ANG §61.1), goll was the more usual form in the early period. For the sake of consistency, gullstǫfum in 7/8 has also been normalised to gollstǫfum, though the rhyme is not affected there.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.


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