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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 2, 467-8]

[2] karl í feldi ‘the man in the cloak’: This could be a veiled reference to Óðinn, who frequently appears in a cloak when in disguise (e.g. in Grí 1 and prose; NK 57) and is often referred to as karl ‘(old) man’ (see Hárb 2, Reg 18/5, NK 78, 178, and LP: karl 2). If so, the sense would be that the devil (or his avatar, the heathen god) causes the men’s drunken inability to perform the Christian ritual.


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