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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 14 [Vol. 7, 807-8]

[7-8] vísi brautar vagna ‘the king of the path of the wagons [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: The kenning brautar vagna contains a reference to the constellations of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, called vagn in ON and Charles’s Wain (i.e. ‘wagon, cart’) in English and Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, or Lesser Wain (cf. OED: wain sb., 2; wagon sb., 1b). See also st. 21/4.


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