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Note to Gamlkan Has 29VII

[7-8] skýstalls skríngeypnandi ‘cloud-platform’s shrine-holder, holder of the shrine of the cloud platform [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God (= Christ)]’: A similar concept lies behind the God-kennings umgeypnandi alls heims ‘holder in hand of the whole world’ in Geisl 16/7-8 and umgeypnandi allrar skepnu ‘holder in hand of all creation’ in Kálf Kátr 36/3. The concept of God’s holding creation in his hand also informs frónspennir fagrtjalda ‘clasper of the fair tents of the land’ in Has 44/5-6. The verb geypna derives from gaupn ‘hollow of the hand’ (see AEW: gaupn and Note to Mgr 2/5).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Internal references
  4. Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 953-4.
  5. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 760-1.
  6. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 20-1.
  7. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 112-13.

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