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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 10. Óðins nǫfn, 3 [Vol. 3, 739]

[7] Geiguðr: This agent noun does not occur elsewhere, except as the second element of Fjallgeiguðr (see st. 2/8 above). See also Geigaðr, the name of one of King Hugleikr’s champions in Yng (ch. 22, ÍF 26, 43) (= Gegathus in Saxo 2005, I, 6, 5, 11-12, pp. 384-7). According to Falk (1924, 12), this name may allude to the myth of Óðinn hanging on the ash Yggdrasill and thus would mean ‘dangling one’; cf. Váfuðr (st. 5/7). Like the latter name, geiguðr is also a heiti for ‘wind’ (see also the variant reading of gneggjuðr ‘neigher’, Þul Veðra 2/5). In LP: Geiguðr, the name is interpreted as ‘wanderer’ (cf. CVC: geiga ‘take a wrong turn, rove at random, stray’); see also Gangleri (l. 4 above).


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