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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 10. Óðins nǫfn, 6 [Vol. 3, 746]

[6] Njótr: The heiti means ‘enjoyer, user’ (an agent noun derived from the strong verb njóta ‘enjoy, benefit from’). According to Falk (1924, 23), however, this Óðinn-name is of foreign origin and most likely borrowed from OS Sahsnōt, the name of a Saxon deity and the eponymous father of various peoples (see Turville-Petre 1964, 63). The Old English equivalent of that name is Seaxnēat, a son of Óðinn and the divine ancestor of the kings of Essex. See also the statement in Flat 1860-8, III, 246 to the effect that Óðinn was Saxa god ‘the god of the Saxons’. Njótr is not mentioned in the list in Grí, but the name is used in skaldic kennings (see LP: njótr).


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