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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gyðja Lv 4VIII (Ǫrv 64)/5 — gaf ‘gave’

Auð þættumk ek         eiga nógan,
ef ek inn ágæta         Álf um fyndak.
Blót gaf ek honum         ok bú fjogur;
hann mun yðr alla         í eld draga.

Ek þættumk eiga nógan auð, ef ek um fyndak inn ágæta Álf. Ek gaf honum blót ok fjogur bú; hann mun draga yðr alla í eld.

I would consider myself to have wealth enough, if I could recover the excellent Álfr. I gave sacrifices for him and four farms; he will fling you all into the fire.


[5] gaf: gef 343a, 471, 173ˣ


[5] ek gaf ‘I gave’: Ms. 344a’s ek gaf ‘I gave’ reflects its version of the following stanza, whereas the other mss’ use of the pres. tense ek gef ‘I [will] give’ is consistent with their version of Ǫrv 65.



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