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Note to Anon Lil 22VII

[6] víst lifandi ‘truly living’: The majority of mss have lifandi, which can be construed as f. acc. pl. pres. part. agreeing with andir ‘souls’. Skj B and Skald adopt the minority reading lifanda, which must then be understood as a repetition of the same word in l. 5, qualifying ljós ‘light’. The Lil poet is fond of elegantly varied repetition, as in ll. 1-2 of this st. and 23/5-6.


  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. Internal references
  5. Martin Chase 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lilja’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 544-677.


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