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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 54. Hallar-Steinn, 1. Rekstefja, 8 [Vol. 1, 905]

[3] Þundregns ‘of Þundr’s <= Óðinn’s> rain [POETRY]’: (a) The context suggests a kenning alluding to the myth of the mead of poetry (so, seemingly, Skj B, and see Meissner 429), and although drink or waves are the most common form of liquid to be so designated, this conforms to the basic pattern. (On the myth see SnE 1998, I, 3-4; Note to Eskál Vell 1 [All]; Introduction to SkP III; Frank 1981; Davidson 1983, 418-47). (b) LP: Þundregn takes this as a battle-kenning, which would perhaps join with hôtt(r) ‘metre’ to mean battle poetry.


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