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Note to ESk Geisl 26VII

[3-4]: There are two possible readings of these ll., one following Flat and the other Bb. Following Flat: maðr, sás afskurðr hlýru orða hafði áðr farit (as in translation above), the reading requires one to assume a r : ð rhyme (cf. Kuhn 1983, 79). Following Bb: maðr, sás áðr hafði farit afskýfðr hlýðu orða ‘the man who earlier had gone deprived of the shipboard of words [TONGUE]’. The rhyme here is acceptable (áðr : hlýðu) and hlýða ‘ship’s planking’ is the difficilior lectio (for this reading, see Skald and NN §2536). Einarr uses a similarly nautical tongue-kenning, r óðar ‘oar of poetry’, in 40/7-8.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Kuhn, Hans (1899). 1983. Das Dróttkvætt. Heidelberg: Winter.


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