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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 37II l. 5

þat — that [story]


1. sá (pron.; °gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---): that (one), those


[5] þat: því Flat


[5] þat (n. acc. sg.) ‘that’: Því (n. dat. sg.) has been emended to þat with most earlier eds, because greiða ‘present, elucidate, expound’ (l. 6) takes the acc. Þat qualifies an understood mál ‘story’. See also Note to st. 73/3. The poet has so far recounted the lives of the kings of Norway from Haraldr hárfagri to Magnús inn góði according to Sæmundr’s history. But Magnús did not leave behind an heir who could succeed him on the Norw. throne; rather, the next king, Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson (the great-great-grandfather of Jón Loptsson), traced his ancestry to Haraldr hárfagri through Sigurðr hrísi (see the next st.). Hence the poet now must back-paddle and begin a new story (mál) that has a direct bearing on the Oddaverjar, ‘the kin of princes which still lives’.



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