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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þorbjǫrn svarti, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 624-5]

[6] raunsnarliga ‘very quickly’: So Flat. In compounds, raun- functions as an intensifier (see Fritzner IV: raun). The R702ˣ reading, rann snarpliga ‘ran bravely’, does not make much sense in the context. Skj B construes the adv. with með reyndum jarli ‘with the tested jarl’ as með raunsnarliga reyndum jarli, translated as med den overmåde dygtig prøvede jarl ‘with the extremely capable, tested jarl’. However, the adv. snarliga means ‘quickly, fast’, and, as Kock points out (NN §§806, 987, 1853E), the two adverbs raunsnarliga ‘very quickly’ and ǫrt ‘bravely’ must be parallel here (so also ÍF 34).


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