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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 6 [Vol. 7, 8001]

[7] sæmdum ‘celebrated’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends to sæmdar to produce a genitival compound with verkum l. 8 (= herligheds gærninger ‘deeds of glory’). As Kock points out (NN §1714), the emendation is unnecessary, since ms. sæmdum makes good sense as a p.p. dat. pl. of sæma ‘to honour, celebrate’, in agreement with verkum. The ‘celebrated deeds’ are the deeds of Peter, which will be celebrated in the poem.


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