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Note to Anon Mgr 33VII

[2] stýri merkja ‘the controller of symbols [BISHOP = Augustine]’: Merkja ‘of symbols’ is taken here as a reference to the duties of a bishop (so also Wrightson). LP: merki 3 translates the word as ‘celestial bodies’ and takes stýrir merkja as a reference to ‘God’ (see stýrir 1), although the phrase is translated as ‘bishop’ in Skj B. Skald emends merkja ‘of symbols’ to klerka ‘of clerics’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.

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