Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 76 [Vol. 7, 648-9]

[2] bjargar ‘saves’: The connotations of bjarga range from ‘to save or rescue from physical danger’ to ‘to redeem or save’ in the theological sense. In this context the meaning is both that there is no one who can ultimately prevent another from dying, and likewise no one who can save another from final damnation. JH notes that the present tense form bjargar (late, weak inflection) is probably the earliest occurence of this development.


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