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Note to Þhorn Gldr 9I

[3-4] und gamlan gnapstól sólar ‘under the old jutting seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN]’: The description of the sky or heaven as ‘old’ might imply an image of the end of the world , especially since the topos of the ruler being beyond comparison (see Holtsmark 1927, 53-4; Marold 1993c, 103-4) found in this stanza is connected with the end of the world in other skaldic poetry: as long as the world endures, no better ruler will appear. The most closely related passage may be Hfr ErfÓl 27/1-4, while Eyv Hák 20/1-3 expresses incomparability by using a different (pagan) vision of the end of the world.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Marold, Edith. 1993c. ‘Die Topik der Fürstendarstellung in den Preisliedern des 10. Jahrhunderts’. In Glienke et al. 1993, 96-111.
  3. Holtsmark, Anne. 1927. Þórbjørn Hornklofes Glymdrápa. Oslo: Aschehoug & Co.
  4. Internal references
  5. R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, Hákonarmál 20’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 192.
  6. Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Óttarsson, Erfidrápa Óláfs Tryggvasonar 27’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 439.

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