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Note to Sturl Hákkv 37II

[5] frægðarfólk ‘the famous people’: Taken here as the subject of sæi (3rd pers. pl. pret. subj.) ‘were looking, looked’ (l. 4) referring to high-ranking Gautar observing Hákon’s fleet (E 1916, 632): mikils þotti Gꜹtum um vert er þeir sá sua maurg skip ok stór ok uel buin ‘it seemed a great marvel to the Gautar when they saw so many large and well-equipped ships’. Skj B and Skald assume sæi to have an unexpressed subject, ‘as if [one] looked’ and regard frægðarfólk as the subject of þeysti ‘hastened’ (l. 6) and both eds accordingly emend lofsæll konungr (m. nom. sg.) ‘praise-blessed king’ (l. 7) (so all mss) to lofsæls konungs (m. gen. sg.) as a qualifier to frægðarfólk (‘the famous people of the praise-blessed king’).

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. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.

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