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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GullásÞ Lv 1II l. 4

hjaldrgegninn — pugnacious


hjaldrgegninn (adj./verb p.p.): [pugnacious]


[4] hjaldrgegninn mik tjaldi: ‘hialldur geinginn mar tiallder’ 518ˣ


[4] hjaldrgegninn ‘pugnacious’: This adj. can either be m. acc. sg. or m. nom. sg. Skj B takes it as an acc. qualifying mik (m. acc. sg.) ‘me’, but Kock (NN §920) argues that, from the point of view of w. o., it ought to modify the subject þinn hǫlðr ‘your man’ (so also ÍF 11). The argument based on w. o. is untenable, because the adj. could equally well qualify the word in metrical position 4 (mik) in ll. of this type (see Gade 1995a, 79-82). In terms of the context, however, it makes sense to follow Kock’s recommendation because Þórðr is a peaceful merchant and presents himself as the wronged party in this st.



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