A comment on a textual emendation to Bjarnar saga Hítdÿlakappa

Kirsten Wolf

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At the end of Bjarnar saga Hítdÿlakappa, it is related that after Bjërn has died in a heroic last stand, his adversary Þórðr, at the request of Kálfr, goes to Hólm to give to Þórdís, Bjërnââ¬â¢s wife, an ornament that Bjërn had worn around his neck. Kálfr hands Þórdís the ornament, but she throws the ornament at Þórðr and tells him to give it to his wife Oddný. At the sight of the ornament, Oddný, Bjërnââ¬â¢s lifelong love, sinks down and loses all consciousness of people around her. By the time the swoon lifts from her, she has lapsed into an illness, from which she eventually dies. The extant manuscripts of the saga report that ââ¬Åhon mornaði ëll ok þorrnaði ok rÿddi aldri síðan tanna ok lifði þó mjëk lengi við þessi óhÿgindi.ââ¬Â

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