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Note to Sigv Vestv 5I

[7-8] goð sjalfr ræðr ǫllu gǫrva ‘God himself decides everything completely’: It is not clear whether the dominant tone here is of resignation (cf. Hkr 1893-1901, IV) or of hope for better things (ÍF 27; also Hkr 1991). The stanza is probably best read in conjunction with st. 7 as the poet accepting the financial consequences of not becoming a firm supporter of Knútr.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  3. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.


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