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Note to Þfagr Sveinn 8II

[6] léttu (3rd pers. pl. pret. indic.) ‘emptied’: The Hkr mss, Flat, H and Hr all have létu (3rd pers. pl. pret. indic. of láta) ‘lost’ for léttu ‘emptied, lightened’: þeir létu fleiri skip ‘they lost more ships’ (so Skj B; Skald; ÍF 28; ÍF 29). However, the ms. witnesses indicate that this reading is secondary. Furthermore, it is not said that any ships perished during this encounter, and all the prose texts contain the verb létta ‘empty, lighten’: þá bað hann sína menn létta skipin ‘then he [Haraldr] told his men to empty the ships’ (ÍF 28, 117; so also ÍF 29, 259; Mork 1928-32, 167; Flat 1860-8, III, 342; Fms 6, 263).

References

  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. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  6. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  7. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  8. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  9. Internal references
  10. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].

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