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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 3 [Vol. 7, 75-6]

[5] án hônum ‘without it [lit. him]’: The reference is to the Holy Spirit (heilagr andi). In MIcel, the prep. án is invariably followed by the gen. Constructions with both acc. and dat. were permissible in ON (see ONP: án, ón). It is possible, as Kempff (1867, 24) suggests, that the aðalhending was not without influence in the choice of case here.


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