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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 25I l. 2

færi — few


3. fár (adj.; °compar. fǽrri/fárri(Mág² 11ˆ), superl. fǽstr): few


[2] færi: so 61, 53, 54, Flat, smæri Bb(112rb), farri Bb(94rb)


[2] færi ‘few’: Lit. ‘fewer’. This, the ÓT reading, gives good sense, and qualifies the kenning for ‘warriors’ in l. 3. This kenning is the object of veit ‘know’, forming the part of an elliptical acc. with inf. construction which is completed by understanding inf. fremja ‘to perform’ or hafa framit ‘have performed’ from framði ‘performed’ in l. 4 (so also Skj B). The Bb reading smæri ‘smaller’ would qualify the warrior-kenning, referring to lesser men, but it is not normally used metaphorically and leaves the clause incomplete.



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