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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 39 [Vol. 7, 829-30]

[3-4] liet snúða herferð ‘made battle hasten’: Ms. has ‘suid’, which Kahle (1898, 111) says means Raum, Platz ‘space, room’ (= Blöndal: 1 svið), without explaining how this fits the context. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends to snúit and translates: foretog sig krigerfærd ‘engaged in battle’ (cf. LP: snúa 4). Kock (NN §2880) notes that this leaves the l. without skothending, and proposes instead emendation to snúða ‘to hasten, do quickly’ (cf. Þham Magndr 2/1,4II: lét ... fǫru snúðat ‘quickly undertook a journey’).


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