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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Lil 24VII

[3] föðurpersónan ‘the Father-person’: A cpd expressing the concept ‘God the Father’. In the Bb reading, ‘feðr persónar’, the final r of persónar is superscript: perhaps the scribe mistakenly read and copied r for n. The pl. form feðr would not be inappropriate in itself in this mention of the three persons of the Trinity, but the sg. form of the verb býðr requires a sg. subject and the 2nd part of the cpd, persónam, sg. determines the grammatical number and föður goes more happily with sg. persónam. Cf. Gimsteinn 49/1: Faudur perſona (ÍM I.2, 315).


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍM = Jón Helgason, ed. 1936-8. Íslenzk miðaldarkvæði: Islandske digte fra senmiddelalderen. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.


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