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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Bkrepp Magndr 9II

[1] Sanntíri ‘Kintyre’: The prose texts render the p. n. as Saltíri (, 39) or Sátíri (all others). It is not clear whether Saltíri had a long or a short a in ON (Sáltíri?; see ÍF 12, 224 n. 2). The OIr. form of the word was Sáltíre ‘headland’, MIr. Ceantíre (ÍF 12, 224 n. 2; AEW: Santíri). Sanntíri (corresponding to the MIr. rather than to the OIr. form) is confirmed by the internal rhyme -ann- : -unn-. Sanntír in 39 must have been caused by the scribe’s attempt to restore the internal rhyme, because the prose text gives Saltíri. That is also the case in H-Hr, where Sátíris hné sveitar restores the internal rhyme (see Louis-Jensen 1977, 153), but this change produces an awkward reading: kind seggja Sátíris hné und eggjar sveitar ‘the progeny of Kintyre’s people sank down beneath the troop’s sword-blades’ (ll. 1-2).


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Louis-Jensen, Jonna. 1977. Kongesagastudier: Kompilationen Hulda-Hrokkinskinna. BA 32. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  4. ÍF 12 = Brennu-Njáls saga. Ed. Einar Ólafur Sveinsson. 1954.
  5. Internal references
  6. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].


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