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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 4 [Vol. 7, 799-800]

[2] grandafullur ‘harmful’: The l. as it stands in the ms., with (unabbreviated) grandafullr, is short by one syllable. Kock objects to Finnur Jónsson’s substitution of the desyllabified form (with -ur; cf., e.g., Stefán Karlsson 2004, 15 and n. 25), and proposes instead emending the l. to read: grandafullr mér andi ‘the spirit harmful to me’ (NN §1712A; Skald II). The author of Pét appears, however, to resort to desyllabified forms metri causa where necessary (cf. Notes to sts 10/3, 11/4, 14/2, 15/4, 18/2, 21/2, 22/8, 37/3, 42/6, 48/8, 50/8).


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