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Arn Rǫgndr 3II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Rǫgnvaldsdrápa 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 181.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonRǫgnvaldsdrápa
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Sannr ‘True’

2. sannr (adj.; °-an; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): true

[1] Sannr: so all others, Saðr R

kennings

Sannr stillir sóltjalda,
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings, ’
   = God

the sun-awnings, → SKY/HEAVEN
True ruler of the SKY/HEAVEN → God
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stillir ‘ruler’

stillir (noun m.): ruler

kennings

Sannr stillir sóltjalda,
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings, ’
   = God

the sun-awnings, → SKY/HEAVEN
True ruler of the SKY/HEAVEN → God
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sóltjalda ‘of the sun-awnings’

sóltjald (noun n.): [sun-awnings]

kennings

Sannr stillir sóltjalda,
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings, ’
   = God

the sun-awnings, → SKY/HEAVEN
True ruler of the SKY/HEAVEN → God
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sóltjalda ‘of the sun-awnings’

sóltjald (noun n.): [sun-awnings]

kennings

Sannr stillir sóltjalda,
‘True ruler of the sun-awnings, ’
   = God

the sun-awnings, → SKY/HEAVEN
True ruler of the SKY/HEAVEN → God
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Rǫgnvaldi ‘Rǫgnvaldr’

Rǫgnvaldr (noun m.): Rǫgnvaldr

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The couplet is one of a sequence quoted in Skm to illustrate kennings for ‘sky’.

This is the first of five prayers for deceased heroes in Arnórr’s extant poetry, the others being in Þorfdr 24 and 25, Hardr 17 and Arn HermIII. The use of the verb hjalpa ‘help’ (l. 1) is paralleled in skaldic poetry including Þorfdr 24 and HermIII and in runic inscriptions (see Edwards 1982-3, 39).

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