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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Allra postula minnisvísur, 2 [Vol. 7, 855-6]

[3] valdr lýða á láði ‘ruler of people on earth [KING = Paul]’: Finnur Jónsson’s interpretation of l. 3 as menneskenes herre på jorden ‘ruler of people on earth’ (Skj B), followed here, applies to Paul a conventional kenning for a king; cf. lýða dróttinn (ǪrvOdd Ævdr 30/4VIII), gramr (Sturl Hákfl 11/7II), lofðungr (SnSt Ht 26/7III), stillir (Bragi Rdr 10/1III), þengill (SnSt Ht 21/1III; Anon Pl 6/7); see Meissner, 352-8.


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