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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa, 8 [Vol. 2, 357-8]

[7] und erkistóli éls ‘under the archiepiscopal seat of the storm [HEAVEN]’: It is interesting that this poem is much more strongly Christian in tenor than the other poems about Haraldr (see also the content of the klofastef ‘split refrain’). Stúfr’s grandmother, Guðrún Ósvífrsdóttir, is said to have been the first nun and anchoress in Iceland (see ÍF 5, 228), and it could well be that Stúfr grew up in a pious environment.


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