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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 44. Dœgra heiti, 1 [Vol. 3, 914]

[1] hlýrn (n.) ‘sky-light’: This poetic name most likely denotes not a certain time of day but rather heavenly bodies, the sun and the moon (cf. hlýrnir as a heaven-heiti in Þul Himins I l. 13, Þul Himins II l. 7, Ólsv Kristdr 2/3), and it is recorded in Þul Dœgra owing to the natural connection with day and night (so LP: hlýrn). According to de Vries (AEW: hlýrn), the word may mean ‘pair of twins; brother and sister’, as hlýrn appears to be related to hlýri m. ‘brother’. In Old Norse myth, the Sun and the Moon are a brother and sister who were placed in the sky by the gods (Gylf, SnE 2005, 13 and Skm, SnE 1998, I, 39). On the connection between hlýrn and hlýr ‘cheek’, see ÍO: hlýrn.


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