Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þorgeirr flekkr, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 9-10]

[12] es hlœgðu djǫful ‘who gratified the devil’: The earliest attested occurrence of djǫfull ‘devil’ in ON poetry. The word seems to be used here in a Christian sense: those who fought against Óláfr and betrayed the one who had been appointed king of Norway by divine grace, joined the forces of hell, which gladdened the devil. The same topos is expressed in abundance in Sv, especially in the speeches (see ÍF 30, xxxv), which does cast some doubt on the authenticity of the present st. See also Notes to ESk Eystdr 2/3 and Rv Lv 32/2.


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