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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 1 [Vol. 1, 9]

[3] feigðarorð ‘the word of doom’: Feigð is an abstract noun related to feigr ‘doomed, fey’. The collocation with orð ‘word’ could mean that Fjǫlnir had been cursed and was doomed to die. But it might merely express the fateful, predestined aspect of his death. In many stanzas of Yt (1/8, 3/6, 5/12, 7/8, 8/4, 9/10 etc.) the auxiliary verb skyldi ‘was to’ itself imparts this sense of predestination.


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