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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Líkn 17VII

[1] Árstillir ‘instituter of abundance’: The kenning is able to bear both meanings of both its elements: ár ‘year’ and ‘abundance or fruitfulness’; stillir from stilla ‘to calm’ or ‘to institute or rule’, of which LP (1860) favours the former (moderator) and LP the latter (styrer ‘ruler’). ‘Ruler of year’s fruitfulness’ accords well with the biblical dominus messis ‘Lord of the harvest’ (Matt. IX.38, Luke X.2).


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. LP (1860) = Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1860. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis. Copenhagen: Societas Regia antiquariorum septentrionalium.


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