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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 10III

Tarrin Wills (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 544.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

Því hefk heitit mey mætri,
mest nema hamlan bresti.

Hefk heitit mætri mey því, nema mest hamlan bresti.
‘I have promised the excellent girl that, unless the greatest obstacle fails.

notes and context

Cited as an example of soloecismus involving a change of case (fallaskipti; TGT 1927, 53). The fragment (l. 1 only) is cited again in the metaplasmus section to illustrate apocope, i.e. the loss of letters or syllables from the end of a word (TGT 1927, 63). In both instances Óláfr applies the native term orðkólfr (lit. ‘word-club’; not otherwise attested) to this figure in the context of Norse poetry.

The change of case here is in the use of the acc. of the person (mey) instead of the dat. (meyju) with the verb heita. In the second citation l. 1 illustrates apocope, the loss of the final syllable (-ju) in the same word. — The second of five unattributed dróttkvætt fragments in TGT which have a woman as their subject matter. Cf. st. 6 Note to [All]. — Ms. W is chosen here as the main ms. as the second line is lacking in A in both citations.


Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], C. Vers om ubestemmelige personer og begivenheder 28: AI, 600, BI, 600, Skald I, 292, NN §176; SnE 1818, 315, 321, SnE 1848, 186, 189, SnE 1848-87, II, 116-17, 136, 411, 416, III, 141, TGT 1884, 18, 22, 77, 88, 187, TGT 1927, 53, 63, 96-7.


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