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Re: [norse_course] Re: Hrafnkell 791-825 / A lan´s Translation

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  • Patricia
    hvat leika er. GJ what game was afoot . Zoega quotes this and a similar idiom: segja hvat í leikum er , both defined say what the game is, what is the
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      """hvat leika er.  GJ "what game was afoot".  Zoega quotes this and a
      similar idiom: 'segja hvat í leikum er', both defined "say what the
      game is, what is the matter"""
      That's exactly how I saw it, it seemed to me to be a scholarly kind of colloquialism, from the first writer of this Saga
      Patricia
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      From: llama_nom
      Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 7:03 PM
      Subject: [norse_course] Re: Hrafnkell 791-825 / Alan´s Translation


      leitaði lífs.  Gwyn Jones has "The first thing Sam did was to look
      for life", which would have been my guess too.

      hvat leika er.  GJ "what game was afoot".  Zoega quotes this and a
      similar idiom: 'segja hvat í leikum er', both defined "say what the
      game is, what is the matter".

      þá er umskipti á orðit með þeim.  GJ "by this time the battle was
      over".  The outcome or result of the battle had been decided.  Cf.
      the second definition in Fritzner: 'umskipti' "outcome of a clash
      between enemies".

      (1) umskipti hafa nú orðit ok mun Vandill drepinn, ok leggjum á
      flótta
      "the fight's decided now and Vandil will have been slain; we'd
      better flee"

      (2) þá mun hér verða skjótt umskipti at ek mun láta drepa þik
      "then it won't take long to decide the outcome of this; I'm going to
      kill you"

      (3) berjask til umskiptis
      "fight to a conclusion"

      var þat trúliga gört.  GJ "but the job had been thoroughly done". 
      From the context, and maybe from the way the next sentence follows
      on with no adversative conjunction, I assumed it refers to the
      killing rather than the examination.





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