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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 74 [Vol. 7, 646-7]

[3-4]: The idiom bjóða heim means ‘to drive livestock home’ (ONP: bjóða 4). The use of bjóða with heimleiðar ‘homewards’ (l. 4, gen. of heimleið ‘home path’, used adverbially) again evokes the image of the two flocks. On the adverbial use of the gen., see Guðbrandur Jónsson 1951, 176, and NS §152. Skj B and Skald follow the alternative ms. reading heimleiddir, from heimleiddr, adj. ‘led home’, and construe því at heimleiddir beimar verða ungir ... ‘because, having been led home, men become young ...’. Bauð (l. 3) is then given its normal sense of ‘invited’.


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