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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 7. Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson, 6 [Vol. 1, 637]

[6] láti ‘lost’: Finnur Jónsson (Hkr 1893-1901, II; Skj B) selects the negative form látit ‘did not lose’ from Flat, arguing (Hkr 1893-1901, IV) that the meaning of l. 6 is selv om han lever aldrig så længe, og meget længere end Erling ‘even if he lives ever so long, and much longer than Erlingr’. Apart from the problematic choice of a unique reading from an inferior ms., it is relevant to the interpretation of this that Erlingr was quite old when he died. The implication is surely that even those who die young could not manage to maintain their standing as well as Erlingr managed to do over a much longer period of time (similarly Kock, NN §642).


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