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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 26aI l. 4

goð — a god


1. guð (noun m.; °***guðrs, guðis, gus): (Christian) God < goðfaðir (noun m.): [a godfather]



[4] goðfǫður ‘a godfather’: This word is unique to Hallfreðr within skaldic poetry, occurring only here and in the counterpart Hfr ErfÓl 26b/4, and there are few prose instances (Fritzner: guðfaðir). The adoption of the word may have been influenced by OE godfæder. Sigv Lv 19 similarly commemorates Óláfr Haraldsson’s standing godfather to Sigvatr’s daughter Tófa. Hallfreðr’s conversion and baptism, with Óláfr as his sponsor, is a major event in Hallfr (ÍF 8, 153-9), and the anguish of religious transition is recorded in Hfr Lv 6-10V (Hallfr 9-13).



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