fimmtudagur, febrúar 23, 2006

k. 118

This one was new to me:
A lovely phrase. Elding is otherwise a flash of lightning, from a root having to do with fire, eldr, but nætr-elding is not a streak of electricity across the dark sky of night (nótt, gen. nætr) but the break of dawn.

Strange, because dawn creeps up slowly over the horizon in those latitudes, like something enormous, flatheaded, and timid lurking beneath the table of the earth and hoping for a scrap. Fitting, because dawn can make the cold sky erupt in fire, unearthly light, glitský, and clouds like the flayed bellies of salmon.

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