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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 38 [Vol. 1, 992]

[1] valt ‘continuously’: (a) The R reading valt is an adv. with the same sense as ávalt: ‘continually, always’: see LP: valt and 4. valr, where derivation from the adj. valr ‘round, in a circle’ is suggested, though see also AEW: ávalt for alternative derivations of ávalt. Fms 12, 246 glosses valt here as ágætliga ‘splendidly’ and Skj B as stadig ‘continuously, steadily’. (b) The ÓT reading víst ‘for certain, certainly’ modifies frák ‘I have heard’ or verði ‘defended’.


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