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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 11. Erfidrápa Óláfs helga, 26 [Vol. 1, 696]

[2] dœgn ‘the day’: Although Óláfr Þórðarson presents this as a ‘substitution’ of a letter (see Context, above), this is actually a Norw. dialect form, according to TGT 1884; cf. ModNorw. døgn ‘twenty-four hour period’, which is conceivably the meaning here. See st. 15/5 and Note, above, and Sigv Austv 11/8, for Sigvatr’s use of the standard form dœgr in the more usual meaning ‘half of the twenty-four hour period’.


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