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Note to Sturl Hryn 19II

[4] eld (m. dat. sg.) ‘fire’: Earlier eds emend to eldi (m. dat. sg.), because gleðjask ‘rejoice’ takes the dat. (see NS §109). That emendation is unnecessary, however, if we assume a dat. form without the -i ending, i.e. declined as an i-stem rather than an a-stem (see ANG §358.3). The dat. eldi is used elsewhere in this poem, however (see st. 12/3), and it is possible that the -i ending has been lost in hiatus (elision). For the kenning eld varrar ‘fire of the sea’ (i.e. ‘gold’), see also st. 1/2 above.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. NS = Nygaard, Marius. 1906. Norrøn syntax. Kristiania (Oslo): Aschehoug. Rpt. 1966.


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