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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 20 [Vol. 1, 44]

[9] yrðr ‘fate’: The umlauted form yrðr, rather than the more common urðr, is selected here, since it is found in mss J1ˣ, J2ˣ and F, i.e. in both branches of the Hkr stemma, and must be seen as a lectio difficilior. In most translations urðr/yrðr is rendered as ‘death’, but as Kock (FF §51) notes, this is not justified in light of the usage of this word and its cognates in OIcel., OE, OHG and OS.


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