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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 14. Ásynja heiti, 1 [Vol. 3, 763]

[3] Frigg: According to Snorri (Gylf, SnE 2005, 29), the highest in rank among the goddesses, wife of Óðinn and mother of Baldr (see Note to Þul Ása I l. 2 and Þul Óðins). The name Frigg translates as ‘beloved’ (AEW: Frigg). This Ásynja is mentioned in many sources (e.g. Vsp 33/5-7, 53/7-8, Vafþr 1/1, Lok prose, 25-9, Gylf, Skm, Egill St 2/6V (Eg 73), Anon Mhkv 9/1), but the only skald who employs her name as a base-word in kennings for ‘woman’ is Kormákr Ǫgmundarson (KormǪ Lv 43/6V, 60/5,6V (Korm 62, 81)).


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