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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 26VII l. 4

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[4] …: ‘[...]’ B, 399a‑bˣ


[4] : The ms. is badly torn. Traces of a tall letter, possibly an <f> and an abbreviation remain, but these are uncertain. Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s reconstruction to festir ‘fastener’, an agent noun from the verb festa ‘to fasten’ is perhaps inspired by the similar ll. at 50/2-3 ítr postoli rítar | fróns musteris festir. Rydberg (1907, lxxi) claims to see traces of a <g> here, and reconstructs gervir ‘creator’, which is adopted by Finnur Jónsson, Kock and Black. This seems unlikely, however, since the previous transcribers of the ms., those responsible for 399a-bˣ, record no trace of it. Rydberg compares Geisl 65/5, where God is referred to as gervir himna ‘maker of the heavens’, in support of his reconstruction. Clearly, there is a God-kenning here, but the base-word cannot be supplied with any certainty.



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