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ONP: Dictionary of Old Norse Prose

Word

gaupn sb. f.

(pl. gaupnir) cupped hand ɔ: the palms of one’s hands
 ● horfa/líta/lúta/sjá (niðr/fram) í gaupnir sér

in later Icelandic a gesture of inactivity/despair, e.g. ‘with his head in his hands’, but for magical inferences in earlier occurrences, cf. Tveitane 1972 [MM 1972] 1-6

 ● horfa á gaupnir sér

Forms: gaupnir (12); gaupner (7); gaupnum (2); gavpner (1); gopnir (1); gavpnir (1); gaupnna (1); gaupnunum (1); gꜹpnvm (1);

Gloss.: EJ; ClV; Fr; Rím; LP; deVr; NO; ÁBlM & (einkum) pl. -ir; BL

Literature: Finnur Jónsson 1914 [ANF 30] 92; Lidén 1926-1927 [NB 14] 80; Lyngby 1865 34; Seip 1944 [ANF 58] 149; Tveitane 1972 [MM 1972] 1 ff.

Genre. (expected): romances: 9 (3); religious works: 5 (7); legendary sagas: 5 (1); historical works: 3 (4); contemporary sagas: 2 (2); family sagas: 2 (3); learned works: 1 (1);

Christopher Sanders — Juni 2012