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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut, 36 [Vol. 7, 270-1]

[7] ófs (gen. sg.) ‘bounteous’: Lit. ‘of great quantity’. Skj B (LP) construes as overmod ‘pride’; Finnur Jónsson 1901, 24 suggests that óf is a contraction of óhóf ‘immoderation’. The gen. sg., however, often functions as an intensive, ‘greatly, very’; LP (1860), Rydberg 1907, 51, and NN §1396 read it this way but apply it to rétta, i.e. ‘very just’. Here, however, it is taken with gæfu, i.e. ‘bounteous good-fortune’, with reference to the immeasurable grace extended to mankind through the Passion.


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