Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa, 4 [Vol. 7, 454-5]

[6] guðdóms eðli ‘the divine nature’: Lit. ‘nature of divinity’. This edn follows Finnur Jónsson and Rydberg in adopting Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s reconstruction of eðli, acc. sg. of n. eðli ‘nature, character’, here. Although Rydberg’s tentative reading ‘(æ…læ) (?)’ (i.e. e…le) cannot be taken on trust, since neither Skj A nor 399a-bˣ is able to make out more than the initial letter, ðl is required for skothending with glöð lætr ‘cheerful race’ (l. 7).


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