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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 16VII/6 — elda ‘the fires’

Rík þau urðu        Ráðný ok Véboði
        ok hugðuz gótt eitt gera;
nú þau sitja        ok sárum snúa
        ýmsum elda til.

Þau Ráðný ok Véboði urðu rík ok hugðuz gótt eitt gera; nú sitja þau ok snúa ýmsum sárum til elda.

Ráðný and Véboði became powerful and thought to do only good; now they sit and turn now one, now another wound towards the fires.


[6] elda: eldi all


[6] elda (gen. pl.) ‘fires’: The noun must be gen. pl., governed by til; the ungrammatical eldi dat. sg. is found in all but 2 mss (539ˣ and 24ˣ), not used in this edn. Eds uniformly make the emendation, following Bugge’s initial suggestion (1867, 359).



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