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Note to Ník Jóndr 2VII

[3] himna ‘of the heavens’: The ms. reading is ‘hifna’, a form which shows the regular sound change mn > n; such forms as himna (gen. pl.) or himni (dat. sg.) are secondary restitutions modelled on the analogy of the nom./acc. form himinn and the gen. form himins (cf. ANG §225). See also Kolb Jónv 5/1.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  3. Internal references
  4. Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2007, ‘Kolbeinn Tumason, Jónsvísur 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 226-7.


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