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Note to Sigv Lv 8I

[5] hlýða ‘to listen’: Most eds emend to heyra ‘hear’ for the sake of the skothending (with þérs), but the rhyme þérs : hlýða (i.e. r : ð) is licit: see Andersson and Gade (2000, 477), and Note to Lv 16/4. Note that réð cannot rhyme because frumhending (the first part of an internal rhyme) in position 4 in odd-numbered lines is very rare and occurs only in stamhent (Gade 1995a, 6, 249).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  3. Gade, Kari Ellen. 1995a. The Structure of Old Norse dróttkvætt Poetry. Islandica 49. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


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