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Runic Dictionary

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ESk Geisl 3VII l. 2

betra — the better

lemma:

betri (adj. comp.; °superl. beztr/baztr; pos. „ góðr adj.): better, best

readings:

notes:

[2, 4, 3] betra ómjós setrs annars rǫðuls ‘the better [light] of the not-small abode of another sun’: This kenning is likely to refer to the new and more powerful light of the resurrected Christ by contrast with the kenning ljósi sólar heilags siðar ‘the light of the sun of holy faith’ in ll. 1, 4 where the reference is to Christ’s death at the Crucifixion. Alternatively, the phrase vas fyrir could mean ‘heralded’ and its object be understood simply as ‘the better light of heaven’ (so Skj B).

kennings:

grammar:

case: gen.
gender: n.
number: sg.
comparative;

Strong form: in -r

note the u-mutation in certain forms

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
langr
langan
langs
lǫngum
lǫng
langa
langrar
langri
langt
langt
langs
lǫngu
pl. N
A
G
D
langir
langa
langra
lǫngum
langar
langar
langra
lǫngum
lǫng
lǫng
langra
lǫngum
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