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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Bjarni Kálfsson, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 639-40]

[1] fant ‘servant’: Fantr can mean both ‘servant’ and ‘tramp’ (see Fritzner: fantr 1-2), but the juxtaposition with matsveinn ‘cook’ (l. 8) makes the former sense more likely in this instance. The word is a loanword from MLG vant ‘servant, rogue’ (see AEW: fantr), and this is the earliest recorded occurrence of it and the only time it is used in ON poetry.


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