Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 6 [Vol. 7, 145-6]

[8] gollstǫfum ‘with golden letters’: Sunday Letter texts of the first and second recensions conventionally describe the letter as having golden calligraphy (Attwood 2003, 72). Both Abbot Níkulás of Munkaþverá and the author of Kirialax saga mention this in their descriptions of the chapel of S. Simeon, part of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where the letter was reputed to have landed. For details, see the Introduction.


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