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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 2II l. 3

aukum — will increase


1. auka (verb; °eykr; jók, jóku/juku): (str. intrans.) increase


[3] aukum: ‘okom’ FskAˣ


[3] aukum kaf ‘we will increase the plunging’: Kock in NN §3086 objects to the interpretation of kaf as ‘diving, plunging’ (in Skj B, also here), arguing that the word refers not to the action of diving but to ‘the deep’ (dybet). His proposed interpretation gives ‘we increase the deep with the anchor’, i.e. ‘we cast the anchor’. However, this seems rather implausible (plunging an anchor causes a minimal rise in sea-level), and although most of the few examples of kaf in LP do refer to the sea, ‘diving’ is a meaning well recorded in prose (Fritzer: kaf 4, and cf. the verb kafa ‘dive’).



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