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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut, 1 [Vol. 7, 230]

[2] óðrann ‘poetry-house [BREAST]’: The kenning has typically been construed as [BREAST], the place of emotion or thought (thus LP: rann, also Meissner, 136-7; cf. hugar rann ‘house of thought’ 7/4), but in her analysis of C13th body-part kennings, Guðrún Nordal 2001, 250 considers it more likely to depict the mouth.


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