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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 6. Dverga heiti, 6 [Vol. 3, 704]

[7] Eggmóinn: The name is not attested elsewhere. Gould (1929, 944-5) and Motz (1973, 114) believe that it may mean ‘one made soft, weak (i.e. slain) by the sword’ (cf. egg f. ‘sharp edge’ and móinn, p. p. of the verb móask ‘digest’, as well as New Norw. moa ‘soften by pressure, beating, chewing’). The serpent-name móinn (see Þul Orma 4/7) may well be the same word, although it is commonly explained as a derivative from mór m. ‘moor, heath’, hence ‘moor-dweller’. The horse-name móinn is usually connected with mór ‘brown’ (hence, ‘brownish one’; see Þul Hesta 4/1). There are other heiti with the second element ‑móinn in the þulur: gest-Móinn (see Note to Þul Sverða 9/7) and fik-Móinn (Þul Hjálms 1/8). It cannot be excluded that the dwarf-name Eggmóinn may mean ‘edge-brown one’, referring to the dark colour of a corpse.


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