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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut, 22 [Vol. 7, 252-3]

[3] dægra láðs ‘of days’ land’: Just as gramr could be associated either with Christ or devils, dægr, a twelve-hour period, may technically refer either to day or night, though more typically the former. While dagr ‘day’ is common in heaven-kennings (e.g. dags reitr ‘day’s path’ 32/6, dags grund ‘day’s land’ Leið 24/8), dægr, first used thus here, occurs subsequently in only two C14th heaven-kennings (dægra sæti ‘days’ seat’ Mgr 9/4 and dægra stallr ‘days’ ridge’ Arngr Gd 41/4IV).


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