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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Lil 68VII

[1] sjau ‘seven’: The ms. tradition is quite corrupt, and has likely been influenced by st. 36. The reading given here seems most probable: fifty is the number of days between Easter and Pentecost. It is unfortunate that no ms. supports the emendation to sjau in l. 1, although most eds and translators have followed Bishop Finnur Jónsson and adopted it (Finnur Jónsson 1772-8, II, 430; Baumgartner 1884, 62; Skj; Meissner 1922, 26; Skald; Guðbrandur Jónsson 1951, 119 and 174; Lange 1958b, 68; Einar Bragi 1961; Boucher 1985, 1-19; Gunnar Finnbogason 1988, 81; Taillé 1989, 136; Jón Torfason and Kristján Eiríksson 2000, 476). Others have adopted the reading Umrennandi svá að sinni | sex daga grein og fjórum einum ‘When a series of six days and just four more had passed’ with the idea that the ll. are a reference to the ten days between Ascension and Pentecost (Eiríkur Magnússon 1870, 68-9; Wisén 1886, 96; Paasche 1915, 80).


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