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Svart Skauf 37VIII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 981.

Svartr á HofstöðumSkaufhala bálkr
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tekr ‘begins’

2. taka (verb): take

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verkur ‘the pain’

verkr (noun m.; °-jar, dat. -; -ir): pain

notes

[3] verkur ‘the pain’: All earlier eds omit the excrescent [u], which makes the line hypometrical. See Note to st. 13/5.

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Svó ‘This is what’

svá (adv.): so, thus

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hef ‘’ve’

hafa (verb): have

[5] hef eg (‘hefc’): hefi eg Rask87ˣ

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[5] hef eg ‘I’ve’: Lit. ‘have I’. Rendered in 603 as ‘hefc’. See Note to st. 30/1.

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eg ‘I’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

[5] hef eg (‘hefc’): hefi eg Rask87ˣ

notes

[5] hef eg ‘I’ve’: Lit. ‘have I’. Rendered in 603 as ‘hefc’. See Note to st. 30/1.

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sjá ‘this’

1. sjá (pron.; °gen. þessa dat. þessum/þeima, acc. þenna; f. sjá/þessi; n. þetta, dat. þessu/þvísa; pl. þessir): this

[6] sjá mun: sá muni Rask87ˣ

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[6] sjá dagr ‘this day’: Sá dagr ‘that day’ (Rask87ˣ) is also possible, but was likely caused by the fact that the scribe failed to understand the form sjá (m. nom. sg.) ‘this’ because that pron. was replaced by þessi ‘this’ after the C14th (see ANG §470 Anm. 2, Björn K. Þórólfsson 1925, 46 and Bandle 1956, 352).

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mun ‘will’

munu (verb): will, must

[6] sjá mun: sá muni Rask87ˣ

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[6] mun (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘will’: The subj. form of the verb, muni ‘would’ (Rask87ˣ), is less likely in the present context.

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dagr ‘day’

dagr (noun m.; °-s, dat. degi/dag/dagi(Thom¹ 332¹‡n.); -ar): day

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[6] sjá dagr ‘this day’: Sá dagr ‘that day’ (Rask87ˣ) is also possible, but was likely caused by the fact that the scribe failed to understand the form sjá (m. nom. sg.) ‘this’ because that pron. was replaced by þessi ‘this’ after the C14th (see ANG §470 Anm. 2, Björn K. Þórólfsson 1925, 46 and Bandle 1956, 352).

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mier ‘me’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

[7] mier yfir höfuð: yfir höfuð mier Rask87ˣ

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yfir ‘upon’

yfir (prep.): over

[7] mier yfir höfuð: yfir höfuð mier Rask87ˣ

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höfuð ‘’

hǫfuð (noun n.; °-s; -): head

[7] mier yfir höfuð: yfir höfuð mier Rask87ˣ

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minn ‘my’

minn (pron.; °f. mín, n. mitt): my

[8] minn: hinn Rask87ˣ

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[8] minn ‘my’: Hinn ‘that’ (Rask87ˣ) is syntactically awkward (hinn inn síðasti ‘that one the last’) and must represent an attempt to achieve h- alliteration with höfuð ‘head’ in the previous line.

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[7]: This line, mier yfir höfuð lit. ‘my over head’ (so 603), is unmetrical unless we assume suspended resolution on the second lift. That is also the case with the Rask87ˣ variant, yfir höfuð mier lit. ‘over head my’, which would require suspended resolution on the first lift.

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