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1. 24. Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson, 4. Lausavísur, 6 [Vol. 1, 377]

[7]: The line lacks internal rhyme and is hypermetrical because of the disyllablic síðan ‘now, since then’. (a) Kock (NN §2443D) suggests emending hann to halr ‘man’ and reading halr mun síðan í helju, and indeed halr is the reading of 4867ˣ, but his supporting arguments are not convincing and he later (NN §2987G) withdraws this proposal. (b) Finnur Jónsson (ÞorlJ 1883, 159) suggests emending síðan to sjálfr ‘[him]self’, but presents no reasons for doing so beyond the metrical problem. Given the irregularity of some other Þorleifr attributions (cf. Hákdr 1/1, 2/1; Jarl 1/1; Þjsk Lv 5/5), emendation does not seem justified here.


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