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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 25 [Vol. 7, 817-18]

[5] milskaz ‘is sweet’: Finnur Jónsson (LP: milska) translates: mit navn blandes, bliver utydeligt (?) for dig ‘my name is muddled, becomes unclear (?) for you’ (cf. Skj B: fordunkles, ved Petri fornægtelse, vistnok ‘is obscured, doubtless through Peter’s denial’). But as Kock observes (NN §1727), the sense of milska here is rather to be compared with that of OE miliscian ‘to become sweet, mellow’ (cf. Bosworth and Toller 1898: milisc, miliscian; Bosworth and Toller, 1921 Supplement: gemilscod; AEW: milska 2).


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