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Runic Dictionary

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Þjóð Haustl 4III l. 7

vél — the stratagem

lemma:

1. vél (noun f.; °-ar; -ar/-ir): deceit, trick; device < vélsparr (adj.)

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notes:

[7, 8] vélsparir varnendr goða ‘the stratagem-sparing defenders of the gods [= Óðinn, Hœnir and Loki]’: A rather ironic kenning for the trio of gods, who, far from defending their fellows, are about to betray them, and are aptly described as ‘strategem-sparing’, as they are bereft of plans or tricks to get themselves out of the fix they are in.

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