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Note to ÞjóðA Sex 26II

[3, 4] hylli sinnar ‘his favour’: This f. gen. sg. phrase is difficult to account for. (a) Semantically, hylli sinnar (f. gen. sg.) ‘his favour, magnanimity’ fits well with valda ‘cause’, and is taken here as its object, as by all modern eds (LP: hylli, valda and eds listed above). Valda with a gen. object is rare (so Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901, IV) or unparalleled (ÍF 28 finds no parallel in early poetry), but would be supported by the fact that its cognates OE wealdan and OS waldan take gen. objects. (b) The other main solution would be to take tilgørðir hylli sinnar together, with the sense ‘actions deserving his favour’, though this is somewhat forced.  


  1. Bibliography
  2. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  3. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  4. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.


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