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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 11. Ása heiti I, 1 [Vol. 3, 754]

[9] Sæmingr: A son of Óðinn and Skaði, according to Ynglinga saga (Hkr, ÍF 26, 21). The Prologue to SnE (SnE 2005, 6) states that Sæmingr was appointed by Óðinn, his father, to rule Norway, and he was the ancestor of the jarls of Hlaðir. In the Prologue to Hkr (ÍF 26, 4), however, Sæmingr is the son of Yngvi-Freyr, and according to Snorri (loc. cit.), the information about the latter relationship was provided by Eyv HálI: Sæmingr er þar nefndr sonr Yngvifreys ‘There Sæmingr is said to be the son of Yngvifreyr’. That information is contradicted by Eyv Hál 2I, which Snorri cites in Ynglinga saga (Hkr, ÍF 26, 21) to show that Óðinn was the father of Sæmingr.


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