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Bjbp Jóms 3I l. 8

ǫl — ale


ǫl (noun n.; °-s; -): ale < ǫlselja (noun f.): [ale-willow]



[8] ǫlselju ‘ale-willow [WOMAN]’: The kenning also occurs in ÞBrún Lv 1/8V (Heið 6). Selja is a tree-name denoting ‘willow, sallow’ (cf. Þul Viðar 1/2III; Meissner 410; LP: 1. selja), and hence the kenning closely matches the woman-kenning þellu mjaðar ‘pine-tree of mead [WOMAN]’ in l. 6.



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