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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 1. Eiríksmál, 6 [Vol. 1, 1011]

[3]: Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 7, and similarly Skald and Lindquist 1929, 10), analysing the metre of the stanza as ljóðaháttr, assumes that a line is missing between ll. 2 and 3, and he supplies til Valhallar vituð, lit. ‘to Valhǫll known’ (cf. vôn vituð, lit. ‘expectation known’, st. 5/6). In actuality, the pattern here seems to be the málaháttr couplet followed by three lines of ljóðaháttr, as in st. 7; cf. also Þhorn Harkv 18, 20, 22.


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