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Note to stanza

2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 2. Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi, 4 [Vol. 2, 91-2]

[3] svá ‘so’: (a) This may simply be an intensifier to mǫrg ‘many’, as assumed here (and in NN §852). (b) Finnur Jónsson takes it with spurði ‘learned’ in l. 1, translating ‘thus’ (således, Hkr 1893-1901, IV, Skj B). (c) ÍF 28 suggests the sense ‘also’ (einnig), and reads svá átti mǫrg ǫld blóðroðna skjǫldu ‘many men also had blood-reddened shields [as well as standards]’ (Hkr 1991 similar).


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