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Note to Anon Sól 25VII

[6] alt at óskum gá ‘go according to your desires’: ‘go’ is the form found in 166bˣ and a number of other mss. This form is normally thought to be post-1400 (ANG §504 n. 4); ganga may well have stood in the original text, but not in final position, as it would be unmetrical there. Gering (1902, 454-5) proposed adopting ganga and reversing its position with that of alt to give a regular l., thus: at óskum ganga alt. This suggestion was adopted by Skj B and Skald. The l. is paralleled in Hsv 78/3: þótt gangi at óskum alt ‘although everything goes as wished’.


  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. 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.
  5. Gering, Hugo. 1902. ‘Die Rhythmik des Ljóðaháttr’. ZDP, 162-234.
  6. Internal references
  7. Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 78’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 407-8.


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