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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 9 [Vol. 1, 501]

[6] velk orð at styr ‘I choose words about the battle’: (a) This, the reading of all Hkr and ÓT mss except for Flat, is also adopted in ÍF 26 and Hkr 1991. (b) Vants orð at styr ‘careful is [my] word about the battle’ in the SnE mss and vants orð of gram ‘careful is [my] word about the ruler’ in Fsk are both possible alternative intercalaries. (c) Finnur Jónsson (Hkr 1893-1901; Skj B) and Kock (Skald) take velk orð ‘I choose words’ as the intercalary, and read und gram norðan, as a slightly emended version of FskAˣ’s of (‘um’) gram norðan, which they construe with the main clause to give en ept víg lagðisk land und gram norðan frá Veigu … ‘and after the battle the land was placed under the ruler from Vega in the north…’. Und gram provides a suitable completion for lagðisk ‘was placed, subdued’, but emendation is not justified here.

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