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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Poems, 1. Bjarkamál in fornu, 4 [Vol. 3, 500]

[5] glóbarri Glasis ‘Glasir’s <grove’s> glowing foliage [GOLD]’: This unique kenning (Meissner 227) depends upon knowledge that a grove of trees (or possibly a single tree) named Glasir ‘Shining One’ with red-gold leaves stood before the doors of Valhǫll. The only information about this comes from Skm (SnE 1998, I, 41), where Snorri quotes three lines of an otherwise unknown poem in ljóðaháttr as evidence. The common noun barr is strictly the needles of a conifer (or barley).


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