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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa, 3 [Vol. 2, 353-4]

[6] gat illa ‘were in dire straits’: Lit. ‘got [it] harshly’. Gat (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic. of geta ‘get, obtain’), with the understood subject þjóð ‘people’ (l. 7) (so also Skj B; Skald; Andersson and Gade 2000). Other eds (ÍF 28; ÍF 29) give illa gt as ‘insubordination’ as a parallel construction to fyr sanna afgerð, illa gt ‘for proven crimes [and] insubordination’ (ll. 5-6). However, the ModIcel. noun gát ‘heed, attention’ is not attested in ON.


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