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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Eirm 4I

[3] vitir vel hvat ‘you know well why’: The thought seems to be that Bragi knows, or should know, what the commotion is about. See LP: 2. (*hvar eller *hver af hveR), hvat 3 for hvat in the sense ‘why’. It could alternatively mean ‘everything’, and is interpreted thus in LP: 2. (*hvar eller *hver af hveR), hvat 4. Hofmann (1955, 48) reads an otherwise unattested cpd velhvat, comparing OE welhwæt ‘everything’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  3. Hofmann, Dietrich. 1955. Nordisch-englische Lehnbeziehungen der Wikingerzeit. BA 14. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.


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