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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 2 [Vol. 7, 480]

[3-4] þeingill þeyranns ‘king of the thawing wind-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Although þeyrann is hap. leg. (LP: þeyrann), þeyr is attested in the sense ‘thawing wind, warm wind’, while rann ‘house’ is a common element in heaven- and God-kennings in the earlier Christian drápur (LP: rann). On þeyrann, cf. Anon Mgr 44/6, where heaven is referred to as þeyja borg ‘warm winds’ stronghold’.


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