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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 8 [Vol. 7, 802-3]

[3] með laukum lífs ‘with the flowers of life’: Finnur Jónsson (LP: laukr) translates lífs laukr ‘livets løg, livet bevarende løg’ (‘life’s herb [lit. onion], life-preserving herb’), and compares the lifesaving blað ‘leaf’ of Vǫls ch. 8 (cf. similarly Fritzner: lífsgras). Kahle 1898, 109 cites Jón Þorkelsson’s suggestion that með laukum here = með blóma = með frægð ‘with glory’ (cf. blóm sóma 9/4; blóm píslanna 34/8). Með laukum lífs may then mean roughly ‘with the glory of eternal life, salvation’. Cf. Blöndal: laukur 2a blomst ‘flower’; 2b som Del af en kenning om n-t rankt og blomstrende ... Pryd ‘as part of a kenning for something straight and flourishing ... ornament’.


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