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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 33 [Vol. 7, 825]

[1-2] lífhnugginn náða ‘bereft of life’s favours [lit. life-bereft of favours]’: I.e. ‘dead’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends ms. ‘lif hnugerinn’ to lífs hnugginn (= hnugginn lífs náða, with the same sense, cf. LP: hnyggva). Kock (NN §1735) would instead read ll. 1-2 as Ánanías lá lífhnugginn inni náða ‘Ananias lay life-deprived in the abode of rests [GRAVE]’. With the otherwise unattested grave-kenning inni náða, he compares náðahús, although the cpd appears never to have the sense ‘grave’ (cf. Fritzner: 1 Kabinet ‘private room’; 2 Privet ‘privy’). He compares liggja with acc. object with the analogous use of sitja with acc. documented in NS §88, Anm. 5.


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