Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Poems, 4. Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason, 3 [Vol. 1, 1064]

[7] gifta ‘blessedness’: Here, as usual in late skaldic poetry (and in much prose devoted to the missionary kings), this word has specifically Christian connotations and means ‘grace, blessing from God’ (see Baetke 1951, 47-54; Lange 1958a, 50-2); the objections raised by Hallberg (1973) to this interpretation are not pertinent to the skaldic material.


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