Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 12VII l. 2

þó — though


þó (adv.): though



[2-3] þó er með skæru holdi Ádám nefndur: Cf. Gen. II.7: formavit igitur Dominus Deus hominem de limo terrae ‘the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth’. In the reading of Bb, adopted here, the skald sees a paradox in the creation of an unsullied being from mud. He may have known that the Hebrew text of Gen. plays on the words אָדָם (adam) ‘human being’ and אֲדָמָה (’adamah) ‘clay, soil’. In the ON Eluc the disciple asks, Hui scapaþe Goþ mann ór sua herue-lego efne ‘Why did God create man out of such wretched material?’ (Eluc 1992, 16-17). Other mss, followed by Skj B and Skald, read l. 2 as ok þó með skæru holdi ‘and yet with unsullied flesh’.



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