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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Glækv 6I/7 — klokkna ‘of bells’

Þar borðveggs
bjǫllur kneigu
of sæing hans
sjalfar hringjask,
ok hvern dag
heyra þjóðir
klokkna hljóð
of konungmanni.

Þar kneigu bjǫllur borðveggs hringjask sjalfar of sæing hans, ok hvern dag heyra þjóðir hljóð klokkna of konungmanni.

There bells in the wooden structure ring by themselves above his bed, and every day people hear the sound of bells above the king.


[7] klokkna: ‘klvc[…]na’ 39, klokku Flat


[7] klokkna ‘of bells’: Klokka (f., gen. pl. klokkna) is a loan-word, of disputed origin (Fischer 1909, 60; AEW: kløkkna; Kluge 2002: Glocke). Klokka is the older form, klukka (as printed in Magerøy 1948 and ÍF 27) the younger (CVC: klukka; Holtsmark 1955, 329 only records spellings in <o> in pre-1250 Norwegian mss). Flat’s reading specifies a single bell only (klokku gen. sg.). During his lifetime Óláfr had given a famous bell, Glǫð, to Clemenskirkja (Clemenskirken, S. Clement’s Church), whose sound (klukkuhljóð) Óláfr’s son Magnús was later to hear before the battle of Hlýrskógsheiðr (Lyrskovshede; see ÓH 1941, I, 629; ÍF 28, 43).



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