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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sjórs Lv 2II

[2] karl í feldi ‘the man in the cloak’: This could be a veiled reference to Óðinn, who frequently appears in a cloak when in disguise (e.g. in Grí 1 and prose; NK 57) and is often referred to as karl ‘(old) man’ (see Hárb 2, Reg 18/5, NK 78, 178, and LP: karl 2). If so, the sense would be that the devil (or his avatar, the heathen god) causes the men’s drunken inability to perform the Christian ritual.


  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. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Internal references
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