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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 45 [Vol. 7, 113]

[1-4] jǫfurr háborgar hreggs ‘prince of the high fortress of the storm [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: God-kennings involving the adj. hár ‘high’ in conjunction with a heaven-kenning meaning ‘abode of the weather’, where the ‘weather’ element is supplied by hregg ‘storm’ occur in both Has and Leið. Cf. the opening of Has, where God is hailed as hár stillir hreggtjalda ‘high ruler of the storm-tents’ (1/1-2) and jǫfurr hás hreggranns ‘prince of the high storm-house’ (Leið 17/1-2), a more complicated version of which occurs in 2/1-3: harri hás hreggranns fagrgims ‘king of the high stormhouse of the fair jewel’.

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