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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 1. Glymdrápa, 9 [Vol. 1, 90]

[3-4] und gamlan gnapstól sólar ‘under the old jutting seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN]’: The description of the sky or heaven as ‘old’ might imply an image of the end of the world , especially since the topos of the ruler being beyond comparison (see Holtsmark 1927, 53-4; Marold 1993c, 103-4) found in this stanza is connected with the end of the world in other skaldic poetry: as long as the world endures, no better ruler will appear. The most closely related passage may be Hfr ErfÓl 27/1-4, while Eyv Hák 20/1-3 expresses incomparability by using a different (pagan) vision of the end of the world.

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