Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 12 [Vol. 7, 84-5]

[5-6] þrifskjótr þengill skýja ‘prosperity-swift king of the clouds [= God (= Christ)]’: The identical Christ-kenning occurs in Líkn 43/1, where the alliterative pattern and qualifying adj. may suggest that Has is the inspiration. Although the adj. þrifskjótr appears to be hap. leg., it recalls the nouns þrifvaldr ‘promoter of well-being’ used of God in 22/2 (providing the hǫfuðstafr, as þrifskjótr does here), and þrifnuðr ‘well-being’, a quality imparted to men by God in Pl 5/3 and Geisl 3/5, and to his followers by Magnús inn góði in Arn Hryn 3/8II.


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