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Note to Sigv Berv 8II

[7, 8] ek vissa þó ótta ‘I nonetheless knew there was danger’: Kock (NN §1114) takes this cl. to mean ‘yet I showed respect’ and connects it with lánardróttni ossum ‘for our liege-lord’ (ll. 7, 8). The verb vita is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: vita), however, and it is more likely that Sigvatr refers to the occasion when he put himself in danger of falling out of the king’s favour by waking him and informing him of impending treason (see ÍF 27, 121-3).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.


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