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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 29 [Vol. 7, 97-8]

[7-8] skýstalls skríngeypnandi ‘cloud-platform’s shrine-holder, holder of the shrine of the cloud platform [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God (= Christ)]’: A similar concept lies behind the God-kennings umgeypnandi alls heims ‘holder in hand of the whole world’ in Geisl 16/7-8 and umgeypnandi allrar skepnu ‘holder in hand of all creation’ in Kálf Kátr 36/3. The concept of God’s holding creation in his hand also informs frónspennir fagrtjalda ‘clasper of the fair tents of the land’ in Has 44/5-6. The verb geypna derives from gaupn ‘hollow of the hand’ (see AEW: gaupn and Note to Mgr 2/5).


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