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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Bǫðmóðr Lv 2VIII (Ket 30)

[1-2]: In several mss Bǫðmóðr’s invitation consists only of a long-line comprising ll. 1-2. The only words which can alliterate are the adv. upp and the prep. af, which follows its object. Since the prep. af is the last syllable of the line but the main alliterating word (head-stave), some eds introduce or suggest emendation to ganga af Árhaugi (‘leave Árhaugr’, Edd. Min. 83 n.), eigra haugi af ‘saunter off the grave-mound’ (Skj B) or ok af ganga haugi ‘and leave the mound’ (Skald and FF §43). The same emendations are suggested or made by these eds for Ket 31/2. The only objection to the line as it appears in the mss is that the position of the head-stave does not accord with the rule that it should appear in the first stressed syllable in the second half-line (cf. von See 1967, 2; NN §2402).


  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. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Edd. Min. = Heusler, Andreas and Wilhelm Ranisch, eds. 1903. Eddica Minora: Dichtungen eddischer Art aus den Fornaldarsögur und anderen Prosawerken. Dortmund: Ruhfus. Rpt. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  6. See, Klaus von. 1967. Germanische Verskunst. Sammlung Metzler 67. Stuttgart: Metzler.
  7. FF = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1922. Fornjermansk forskning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 18:1. Lund: Gleerup.
  8. Internal references
  9. Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 31 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 18)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 583.


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