Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 44 [Vol. 7, 112-13]

[1-3] dáðreyndr jǫfurr leygs flugreinar svana ‘deed-proven prince of the flame of the flying-land of swans [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God]’: B’s reading ‘suo na’ in l. 3 presents some difficulties. This edn follows Finnur Jónsson, Kock and Black in adopting Konráð Gíslason’s (and Eiríkur Jónsson 1875-89, II, 356) emendation to svana (gen. pl.), which makes for an acceptable Christ-kenning. A conceptually similar, though less complex, God-kenning occurs in Pl 28/2-3 ítr stillir leiðar gagls ‘glorious ruler of the path of the goose’.


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