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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 21 [Vol. 7, 159-60]

[1] einn ‘alone’: Finnur Jónsson construes einn stýrandi heims hallar which he glosses himlens eneste styrer ‘heaven’s sole steerer’ (Skj B). Kock’s arrangement, adopted here (see NN §2560) takes einn as a predicative adj. ‘alone’. This interpretation is anticipated by Sveinbjörn Egilsson in a marginal note to Jón Sigurðsson’s transcription of the 624 text in 444(2)ˣ. Fritzner: einn cites several examples in which einn or einna is followed by a sup. adj. The same construction, with the comp. form of the adj., is found in the first refrain (13/5-8; 17/5-8; 21/5-8), thus providing parallelism between the two helmingar of this st.


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