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Note to Bjbp Jóms 22I

[2] þar er bǫrðusk ‘where they fought’: The rel. clause is best taken (as also in Fms 12 and NN §1280) as qualifying the first clause, with herðimenn ‘warriors’ as its subject. In Skj B it is linked with the parenthetical statement. This, however, involves a change of grammatical number (sg. herr ‘army’ and pl. bǫrðusk) and assumes that the rel. clause precedes the main clause it qualifies, which is counter to the normal skaldic rule (Kuhn 1983, 190-1).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Kuhn, Hans (1899). 1983. Das Dróttkvætt. Heidelberg: Winter.

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