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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 31 [Vol. 7, 99-100]

[3] enn mildi ‘the gentle’: As Black (1971, 219) notes, it is interesting that Christ is described as mildr ‘gentle’ here, ‘a reiteration of the mercy of God at the moments which men fear most ... is not entirely what one might expect’. Given that Gamli repeatedly emphasizes the possibility of Christ’s mercy in even the most hopeless cases (the penitent thief, Mary Magdalene, Peter, David, Gamli himself), we should perhaps not be surprised at this.

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