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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 9I l. 8

trúu — the faith


1. trúa (noun f.; °trú): faith, belief


[8] trúu: ‘trv’ Bb


[5, 8] lét trúu boðna ǫldum ‘had the faith proclaimed to men’: Óláfr Christianized the coastal area of Norway between 996 and 999 as well as Iceland and Greenland (Jón Viðar Sigurðsson 1993, 446). Bb’s ‘lęt’ seems to be a slip for lét ‘let, caused’ (so Skj B; Skald), other instances of which in Óldr are spelt ‘lét’ (sts 12/5, 13/5, 21/5) or ‘let’ (16/1, 16/5). Since ‘ę’ in Bb normally represents normalised <æ> or <œ>, ‘lęt’ could be read as læt and emended to pres. tense lætr ‘lets, causes’. A pres. historic here would be supported by pres.-tense references to Óláfr’s missionary efforts in st. 14/5, 8, which presumably suggest their lasting benefit. However, the clear uses of pret. lét in sts 12/5 and 13/5 also relate to the Conversion, and pret. is the prevailing narrative tense of the poem. — [8] trúu ‘faith’: The disyllabic (pre-hiatus) acc. sg. form of trúa f., rather than the contracted form trú, is used here as in st. 12/8 for metrical reasons (see ANG §130; Nj 1875-8, II, 261-3).



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