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Runic Dictionary

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Hallv Knútdr 8III l. 2

dróttinn — the lord


dróttinn (noun m.; °dróttins, dat. dróttni (drottini [$1049$]); dróttnar): lord, master


[2] dróttinn: so all others, dróttni R


[2] dróttinn alls ‘the lord of all [= God]’: Alls ‘of all’ is used in the sense ‘of the whole world’, ‘of the universe’. This is the earliest attested occurrence of this word as a determinant in circumlocutions for ‘God’. It was later used by Markús Skeggjason (Mark) in Eirdr 29/2II (c. 1103-7), and again by Einarr Skúlason (ESk) in Geisl 1/2VII, 5/4VII (c. 1153). See LP: allr 2.



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