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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Hfl 20I l. 2

þjóð — kings


þjóð (noun f.; °-ar, dat. -/-u; -ir): people < þjóðskjǫldungr (noun m.)



[2] þjóðskjǫldunga ‘of kings of the people’: The cpd is a hap. leg. in ON. Its OE cognate þēodscylding also occurs only once, in Beowulf l. 1019 (Þēod-Scyldingas, Beowulf 2008, 36), where it is an alternative term for the Danes. Here the word seems to be a variant on ON þjóðkonungr, a particular favourite of Sigvatr (see LP: þjóðkonungr), which could mean ‘king of a people’ or (if þjóð is simply an intensifier) ‘mighty king’.



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