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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 22. Vígfúss Víga-Glúmsson, 2. Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 1, 364]

[5] hœlis ‘refuge’: The reading hæla or hœla has strongest ms. support, but the verb hœla ‘boast, praise’ would not easily fit the syntax, so that it seems necessary to emend to hœlis, gen. sg. of hœli n. ‘refuge, shelter’, as object of neyta ‘enjoy’, unless one assumes a weak m. variant hœli, which would have gen. sg. hœla. Kock (Skald; NN §2509, following a suggestion of Meissner) instead reads hœlibósa as a cpd, ‘bragging womaniser’, and takes neyta as intransitive.


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