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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 77VII l. 2

skipi — the ship

lemma:

skip (noun n.; °-s; -): ship

readings:

notes:

[2] skipi jarðar ‘on the ship of the earth’: That the world can be symbolised by a ship is a homiletic commonplace; cf. Lange (1958a, 257-8) who adduces a homily about the ship of the earth in AM 673 a 4o. Here, however, the Christian symbol is given a traditional ON context, and associated with the persistent force of sexual desire, linked with the dominance of female powers. The metaphor of the world as a ship is elaborated in the second half of the st.; see Fidjestøl 1979, 56-7.

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grammar:

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