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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Gldr 8I l. 5

eljun — the mettle


eljun (noun f.; °eljunar): energy < eljunfróðr (adj.)eljun (noun f.; °eljunar): energy < eljun (noun f.): energy


[5] eljun‑: so F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 761aˣ, ‘ælian‑’ Kˣ, ‘eljum‑’ 54, Bb


[5] eljunfróðum ‘mettle-wise’: The adj. should be viewed as a copulative cpd, i.e. ‘mettlesome and wise’ rather than ‘wise in mettle’, as its semantic content results from the sum of its individual parts (Krahe and Meid 1969, 25). This is the reading of the main ms. , and it is supported by margspakr ‘very wise’ in l. 2 (ÓT 1892, 350). The mss also offer a variant eljunprúðum which might be secondary (cf. Note to st. 6/8).



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