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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Ník Jóndr 2VII

[5-8]: A reference to the Revelation of John on Patmos, for which the phrase himna sýn is attested for the first time in ON. It is also in Veraldar saga (Jakob Benediktsson 1944, 54): Þar [on Patmos] sa Joan postvli himna syn ok het sv bok Apokalipsis er hann gerþi þar ‘There John the Apostle saw a vision of the heavens and was called the book he wrote there “Apocalypse”’. The same idea is in Gamlkan Jóndr 2. Bugge (1874, 933) takes the gen. phrase eilífs fǫður ‘of the eternal father’ to modify allmátt ‘omnipotence’ rather than deili orða ‘distinctive features of words’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1874. ‘Anmærkingar ved de til Jons saga IV henhørende viser’. In Unger 1874, 932-6.
  3. Jakob Benediktsson, ed. 1944. Veraldar saga. SUGNL 61. Copenhagen: Luno.
  4. Internal references
  5. Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Jónsdrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 134-5.
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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