Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 27VII l. 3

geisli — ray

lemma:

geisli (noun m.): beam of light

readings:

[3] geisli: geislin 705ˣ

notes:

[3] geisli sólar ‘ray of the sun’: Cf. kennings for Christ geisli sólar miskunnar ‘beam of the sun of mercy’ (Geisl 1/6) and geisla guðs hallar ‘ray of God’s hall’ (Geisl 7/1-2). Here the poet may likewise wish to suggest that the angel is an extension of God. The image anticipates st. 33, where the geisli symbolises the Divinity shining through Mary’s humanity at the birth of Jesus. Cf. the kenning-like periphrasis for Mary, geisli lofta ‘light-beam of the heavens’, in 89/3.

kennings:

grammar:

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