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Note to ÞjóðA Magn 4II

[1-4]: (a) The arrangement adopted above is necessary since the obvious assumption that ǫld ‘men’ (l. 2) is the subject of spurði ‘learned’ (l. 1) would, among other things, leave átti ‘had, owned’ (l. 3) without a subject. (b) As a variant on this interpretation, satts, at svá mǫrg ‘it is true that so many / it is true that, thus, many’ could be taken with the outer cl. in ll. 1 and 4, bringing mǫrg mær ‘many a maiden’ together, rather than with the rest of ll. 2-3. This is adopted by Finnur Jónsson in Skj B, though the result is a somewhat more disjointed helmingr, against which Kock reacts in Skald and NN §§852, 2028, with ÍF 28 and Hkr 1991 following.


  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. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  6. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.


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