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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 10. Óðins nǫfn, 7 [Vol. 3, 748]

[5] Vakr: Perhaps ‘wakeful one’ or ‘watchful one’. As an Óðinn-heiti the name is otherwise found only in Grí 54/4. Vakr is first of all known as a horse-name, from the adj. vakr ‘alert’ (see Anon Kálfv 2/4 and Þul Hesta 2/5). See also Hrosshársgrani (st. 4/7) and Jálkr in the next line. The very fact that there are names of horses among the Óðinn-heiti may suggest that this was one of the forms in which the god appeared, but there is no direct evidence to support such an assumption (on Óðinn’s association with horses, see Falk 1924, 40 and Turville-Petre 1964, 56-7).


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