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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Einarr Skúlason, 8. Eysteinsdrápa, 1 [Vol. 2, 559-60]

[3] fekksk ‘was captured’: For this sense, see LP: 2. fáa, 4. The variant fremsk (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘promotes oneself’ (so J2ˣ, E, H, Hr, Mork) gives the reading máttigr fremsk ‘the mighty one (i.e. Eysteinn) promotes himself’. However, the use of the pres. tense here would certainly speak against the attribution of this st. to a memorial poem about Eysteinn (see Introduction, above, and Fidjestøl 1982, 155).


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