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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 13 [Vol. 7, 152-3]

[7-8] siklingr setrs sunnu ‘prince of the seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. the God-kennings Has 13/6-8: vísi setrs sunnu ‘king of the seat of the sun’, and 49/5-8: harri setrs sunnu ‘ruler of the seat of the sun’. Cf. the heaven-kenning Geisl 3/2-4: setrs rǫðuls ‘of the seat of the sun’. In each case, setrs provides the hǫfuðstafr. Konungr élsetrs ‘king of the storm-seat’ (Has 20/8) is also on the same model, and the same concept informs dǫglingr stóls sólar ‘king of the seat of the sun’ (Leið 1/5-6).


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