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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 60VII l. 6

stöfum — staves


stafr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ir): staff, post, stave, stick < feiknstafr (noun m.)



[4, 6] heiðnar stjörnur ... fáðar feiknstöfum ‘heathen stars ... coloured with terrible staves’: Most likely a reference to runic staves, as is clearly the case in st. 61/4. Cf. dreyrstöfum ‘with bloody staves’ 40/2 and contrast the hreinar kyndlar ‘pure candles’, helgar bækr ‘holy books’, and himna skript ‘heavenly writing’ of 69/4 and 70/5-6; cf. Tate 1985, 1031-2.



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