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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð, 18 [Vol. 7, 307]

[6] frosts ok funa (gen.) ‘frost and fire’: This alternation of fire and frost is frequent in visions of hell; cf. ‘The Vision of Dryhthelm’ in Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica (Colgrave and Mynors 1969, 488-91), Dugg (Cahill 1981, 28-9), the Vision of Othloh of S. Emmeram (Othlonus S. Emmerammi, Visio, col. 380), Visio Thurkilli (Schmidt 1978, 28) and the Revelation of the Monk of Eynsham (Easting 2002, 48-9). Has 39 also couples frost and fire.

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