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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Lausavísur, 6. Lausavísur from Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa, 2attributed to Danish men [Vol. 1, 1078]

[8] auðar ‘by fate’: (a) This is taken here (as also in Fms 12, Skj B and LP: 4. auðr) to be the rare poetic word auðr ‘fate, death’ (probably f.; so ONP). (b) It is, however, possible that it is simply the more common m. noun auðr ‘wealth’ (cf. LP: 3. auðr), and that auðar forms, with landa and lýða, the last of a triplet governed by vanr, hence ‘deprived of lands, people and wealth’. This would leave ánauðigr alone to mean ‘oppressed’.


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