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Runic Dictionary

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HSt Rst 30I l. 3

mein — The harmful


meinn (adj.; °compar. meinni, superl. meinstr): [fierce] < meingarðr (noun m.)


[3] meingarðr: so 61, 54, Bb(94vb), meingarðs Bb(112rb), mengerðr Flat


[3] meingarðr margra jarða ‘the harmful enclosure of many lands [SEA]’: The context and skaldic convention suggest this interpretation (see Meissner 94 for comparable sea-kennings). Sveinbjörn Egilsson (Fms 12, 55) and Konráð Gíslason (1895-7) took the kenning as a reference to Óláfr as fence or protector against harm (perhaps specifically paganism), but this is unlikely.



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