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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 12 [Vol. 7, 151-2]

[4] hafa ‘have’: Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s emendation of B’s ‘hafe’ to accord with 624’s hafa is adopted by Skj B and by Rydberg, as well as here. Kock (NN §1261) suggests emendation to megu fara ‘are able to go, i.e. can survive’, construing engir skatnar dýnu otrs megu fara án þat kaup ‘no distributers of the feather-bed of the otter can survive without that reward’, the kaup ‘reward’ in question being skírn (l. 2) ‘baptism’.


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