Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð, 25 [Vol. 7, 311-12]

[1] dísirdísir, female spirits’: Not in 166bˣ, but in many other mss. The distribution of ‘dysi’ however is wide enough to suggest an archetype error. In pre-Christian belief, dísir were female tutelary spirits of the family or of an individual (Turville-Petre 1964, 221-6). Here they seem to have been transferred syncretically to a Christian context.


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