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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 63. Heiti for sea-kings, 1 [Vol. 3, 988]

[6] Nǫkkvi: This is the name of Nanna’s father in Hyndl 20/2. Björn Sigfússon (1934, 136) mentions the Norwegian Nǫkkvi Pálsson, King Magnús Erlingsson’s district chieftain (c. 1167; see ÍF 28, 391), and suggests that the word may be related to OHG Nahho, Nahilo. It is possible, however, that the name is identical with nǫkkvi m. ‘boat’ (see Þul Skipa 1/8) and thus may be a nickname (cf. Finnur Jónsson 1934-5, 295). The name occurs in a ship-kenning in Þhorn Harkv 9/5I.

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