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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnússflokkr, 7 [Vol. 2, 72-3]

[5] flótti Vinða lá vítt ‘the Wends forced to flee lay far and wide’: Vinða ‘Wends’ is gen. pl., forming a noun phrase with the nom. sg. noun flótti ‘flight, those put to flight’. The translation ‘forced to flee’ reflects the interpretation of flótti as men who have been put to flight. Alternatively, the noun could denote flight in the abstract, in which case l. 5 would mean ‘the (path of the) Wends’ flight went far and wide’, as assumed in ÍF 29 and Hkr 1991, where is glossed as dreifðist ‘scattered’.

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