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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 31. Skipa heiti, 5 [Vol. 3, 869]

[7] snotra (f.) ‘weather-vane’: Most likely a weather-vane, a carved female head above the stem (cf. Snotra, a goddess, Þul Ásynja 1/4). The word does not occur elsewhere except as the second element of the cpd húsasnotra ‘gable head’. The context in which this term occurs in prose works (Ǫrvar-Odds saga, ch. 14, FSN II, 210; Grœnlendinga saga, ch. 8, ÍF 4, 268) shows that húsasnotra must have been a kind of wooden weather-vane on a ship, which could also adorn the gable of a house (Falk 1912, 42).


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