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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 6 [Vol. 1, 871]

[2] bjǫllur ‘bells’: Snorri Sturluson (ÍF 27, 409) interprets the miracle here as meaning that a sound could be heard above Óláfr’s resting-place, svá sem klukkur hringðisk ‘as if bells were ringing’, but it is more likely that Þórarinn is referring to literal bells, ringing by themselves within the church. ON bjalla f. is a loanword from OE (Fischer 1909, 24; AEW: bjalla).


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