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2. Steinn Herdísarson, 3. Óláfsdrápa, 16 [Vol. 2, 380-1]

[5-8]: In the present edn, gramr (m. nom. sg.) ‘ruler’ (l. 5) has been emended to grams (gen. sg.) as a determinant for gjǫflund (f. nom. sg.) ‘munificent disposition’ (l. 8), and borinn (m. nom. sg) ‘carried’ (l. 8) has been emended to borin (f. nom. sg.) to agree with gjǫflund (f. nom. sg.) (see NN §895). Skj B’s rendering of this helmingr is extremely convoluted syntactically and requires the emendation of hanns ‘he is’ to hann ‘he’ (l. 6): spyr þú hverr gramr mun gerva glíkt; hann es borinn fremstr konungmanna gjǫflund undir heiðum himni ‘ask, what ruler may act in such a way; he is born the foremost of kings beneath the clear sky with regard to munificent disposition’.


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