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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, 2. Lausavísur, 2a [Vol. 2, 43-4]

[1] en benjar blœða ‘and the wounds bled’: Lit. ‘and the wounds bleed’. Skj B connects this cl. with the following cl. and translates blœða as an inf.: sáken benjar blœða ‘I saw … and (I saw) the wounds bleed’. That construction creates an impossible cl. arrangement (see Kuhn 1983, 190). Kock (NN §3227) suggests that the pres. tense of the verb was caused by the internal rhyme and should be translated as a pret. That suggestion has been adopted in the present edn.


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