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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 55VII l. 2

sunnan — from the south

lemma:

sunnan (adv.): (from the) south

readings:

notes:

[2] sunnan ‘from the south’: cf. vestan ‘from the west’ in 54/1 and norðan ‘from the north’ in 56/1. Different cardinal directions are normally associated with good and evil in both pagan and Christian thinking; see Tate (1985, 1030-1) who notes that the south and north are respectively associated with the positive and the negative in both Christian and pagan lore. The east is the home of giants in Norse myth, however, while the east is sacred for Christians. Evil can come from the west for Christians, hence the western origin of the vánardreki in 54/1.

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grammar:

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