Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 16VII l. 7

umgeypnandi — holder in hand


umgeypnandi (noun m.): holder in hand


[7] umgeypnandi: umgeypnanda Tˣ


[7, 8] umgeypnandi alls heims ‘encompasser [lit. holder in hand] of the whole world’: Ps. XCIV.4 (in manu eius fines terrae ‘in his hands are all the ends of the earth’) is probably the inspiration for this kenning, understood here to refer to God even though Snorri Sturluson (see Context) apparently understood it to refer to Christ. Cf. similar periphrases in Anon Mgr 2/5, Kálf Kátr 36/3, Gamlkan Has 29/7-8 and 64/6.



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