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2. Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði, 9 [Vol. 2, 307-8]

[8] bjartir (m. nom. pl.) ‘bright’: The variant forms of the adj. bjartr ‘bright, fair’ give the following readings of ll. 7, 8: fjǫtrar bitu hǫrund bjartra fíkula ‘fetters bit greedily into the flesh of the fair ones (so FskBˣ; ÍF 29; Skald; NN §2989E); fjǫtrar bitu bjarta hǫrund fíkula ‘fetters bit greedily into fair flesh’ (so Mork). Skj B adopts the FskBˣ variant bjartra (gen. pl.) and connects it with skeiða (f. gen. pl.) in the previous cl., which creates an awkward tripartite l. (see NN §§876, 2989E).


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