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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 16I l. 5

fjǫrnis — of the helmet


fjǫrnir (noun m.): helmet


[5] fjǫrnis: fjǫrvíss Bb(99vb)


[5] mána fjǫrnis ‘of the moon of the helmet [SWORD]’: This is best taken as a sword-kenning (so Meissner 151; LP: máni), though fleygjendr ‘throwers’, the base-word of the warrior-kenning, might otherwise have indicated a spear-kenning, and máni ‘moon’ is also frequent in shield-kennings due to the analogy of shape. The kenning complements the sword-kenning with sól ‘sun’ as base-word in l. 3. ‘Sun’ and ‘moon’ make suitable base-words of sword-kennings on account of their brightness though not of their shape (for another example, see Anon Geisl 43/8VII).



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