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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 341]

[1] œðra ‘more distinguished’: (a) This edn retains the ms. reading ‘ædra’, reading it as the comp. adj. qualifying viðrnám ‘opposition’. (b) Finnur Jónsson (1886b, 324; Skj B; also Reichardt 1928, 105-6 n. 75) emends it to gen. sg. æðru (as already in the paper ms. AM 288 4o), to give óhræðinn æðru, literally ‘unafraid of fear’, which Finnur (Skj B) explains as der ikke lod sig overvælde af frygt ‘who did not allow himself to be overwhelmed by fear’. However, the emendation is not necessary and the phrase óhræðinn æðru tautological. (c) A further solution proposed by Sveinbjörn Egilsson (Fms 12; SHI 11; LP (1860): oddgaldr) and Kock (NN §429) yields an unsatisfactory kenning in l. 3 (Reichardt 1928, 105-6 n. 75).

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