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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 28 [Vol. 7, 820-1]

[8] rís ‘he ascends’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) merely notes that the meaning of 28/8 is ‘somewhat obscure’. Kock (NN §1729) argues that ms. ‘ʀis’ must mean ‘rising, ascent’, and is formally comparable to MHG rs, ME rȳs (in, e.g., sonne-rȳs), nominal derivatives of MHG rīsen ‘to rise, fall’, ME rīsen ‘to rise’. A noun rís is not otherwise attested in OIcel. (cf. Notes to sts 29/8 jungum; 30/5 hetskum). If the ms. form represents the ablaut-derivative of rísa, *ris (otherwise attested only in upp-/mót-ris; see AEW: ris), then the l. has skothending rather than expected aðalhending. It is far simpler to take the form as pres. ind. 3rd pers. sg. of rísa ‘to rise, ascend’ (on the simplification of ríss > rís see ANG §§277, 286, 531.2). The fact that Peter ‘ascends to heaven’ is both the last of the ‘twelve things’ referred to at the end of st. 27 and the sublime consequence of all the others.


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