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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sigv Berv 17II

[1] Sighvats es hugr hizig ‘Sigvatr’s heart will be there’: The ms. readings are unmetrical. In a noun phrase consisting of two elements, alliteration cannot fall on the second element without the first element also alliterating (see NN §3067; Gade 1995a, 37-8). The present emendation, which was first suggested by Kock (NN §3067), rewrites the l. as a Type XE4 (see Gade 1995a, 97-9). Skj B emends to Sigvats hugr mun hittask ‘Sigvatr’s heart will yearn’, which is also unmetrical and without support in the ms. witnesses. Hizig ‘there’ was first suggested by Árni Magnússon in 761bˣ(326r) and, separately, by Kock (NN §3067).


  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. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Gade, Kari Ellen. 1995a. The Structure of Old Norse dróttkvætt Poetry. Islandica 49. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


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