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Note to Anon Alpost 4VII

[2] óþrotnanda: Sic ms., retained by Kock (Skald); m. dat. sg., modifying drottni. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends to f. acc. sg. óþrotnandi, modifying ást, and interprets the passage: ‘John received the unfailing love of the pure God’. In referring to God as óþrotnandi ‘unfailing, unending, everlasting’, the author may have had in mind Isa. XL.28 Deus sempiternus Dominus ‘the Lord is the everlasting God’, or simply the conventional prayer formula: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus ... ‘O almighty, everlasting God ...’ (see Gjerløw 1980, I, 12, 50, 144, 152, 154, 158; cf. references in Ordo Nidr. 505-6). On similar epithets for God (rex aeternus, perpetuus ‘eternal, everlasting king’) in liturgical formulas see Manz 1941, 424, no. 853.

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. Gjerløw, Lilli. 1980. Liturgica Islandica. 2 vols. BA 35-6. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  5. Ordo Nidr = Gjerløw, Lilli, ed. 1968. Ordo Nidrosiensis Ecclesiae (Orðubók). Norsk historisk kjeldeskrift-institutt. Den rettshistoriske kommisjon. Libri liturgici provinciae Nidrosiensis medii aevi II. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
  6. Manz, Georg. 1941. Ausdrucksformen der lateinischen Liturgiesprache bis ins elfte Jahrhundert. Texte und Arbeiten herausgegeben durch die Erzabtei Beuron. Abteilung I, Beiheft I. Beiträge zur Ergründung des älteren lateinischen christlichen Schrifttums und Gottesdienstes 1. Beuron in Hohenzollern: Beuroner Kunstverlag.

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