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Note to GullásÞ Víðdr 1II

[1] ríðr (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘swings’: Previous eds emend ‘ride’ to rýðr ‘reddens’. That reading makes less sense in view of the adv. hart ‘hard’. For the phrase ríða sverð ‘swing the sword’, see Fritzner: ríða 1. Ríða can also mean ‘ride’, but ‘swing’ is the primary meaning (see AEW: ríða 1).


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.


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