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Note to Kolb Jónv 2VII

[1] gekkt ‘you (sg.) went’: The ms. reading is gekk þú: such strong verb forms of the 2nd pers. sg. pret. as gekk appear without the ending -t when the pers. pron. þú follows immediately afterward, as here (ANG §534.2d). Since the reading gekk þú produces a seven-syllable l. Skj B and Skald normalise to gekkt (the whole st. is evidently addressed to John in the 2nd pers. sg., cf. stótt þú l. 6 in the second helmingr).


  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. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. 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.


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