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Note to Þjsk Sveindr 1I

[1] giptu ‘luck’: As the ‘luck’ here is God’s, the sense is presumably Christian: grace or blessing from God, which brings Sveinn victory. This has been compared with crusader literature (Ejerfeldt 1971, 142; see also Lange 1958a, 50-3). Sveinn was almost certainly a Christian (Sawyer and Sawyer 2003, 151), but judging by his þáttr Þorleifr had no opportunity to come into contact with the new faith, other than this visit to Denmark.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Lange, Wolfgang. 1958a. Studien zur christlichen Dichtung der Nordgermanen 1000-1200. Palaestra 222. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  3. Ejerfeldt, Lennart. 1971. Helighet, ‘karisma’ och kungadöme i forngermansk religion. Skrifter utgivna av Religionshistoriska Institutionen i Uppsala (Hum. Fak.) 7. Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell.
  4. Sawyer, Birgit and Michael Sawyer. 2003. ‘Scandinavia Enters Christian Europe’. In Helle 2003, 147-59.


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