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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 15 [Vol. 7, 87]

[6] landreki krapta ‘land-governor of powers [= God]’: Kempff (1867, 31) and Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) take kraptr to mean ‘a work of power, a miracle’ (so Fritzner: kraptr 3), and take the kenning to mean ‘king of miracles’. Kock (NN §§3073, 3125) suggests that krapta is gen. pl. of kraptr ‘supernatural power’, here, by extension, ‘the heavenly host’. In NN §2134, he compares the God-kenning stýrir engla in Pl 25/1, and the biblical Dominus Sabaoth (Rom. IX.29 and passim).


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