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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa, 27 [Vol. 7, 198]

[8] gripu ‘have seized’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887. Kock suggested rifu ‘have torn (up)’ (NN §2135B), citing the more common collocation of the verb rífa with animals. Jón Helgason, however, pointed out that grípa matches the prose text (cf. Tucker 1998, 39); in any case, the prose and poetic texts are all clear that the boys survive.


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