Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 7 [Vol. 1, 19]

[2] hrør ‘the corpse’: The two readings hreyr ‘burial place’ and hrør ‘corpse’ have the same distribution as in st. 6/2, but here, unlike in st. 6/2, hrør is probably the correct choice for the original word. This is also the position of Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson (ÍF 26). He suggests as an alternative that the kenning hlífi-Nauma hallvarps ‘the protecting Nauma <goddess> of the cairn [= Hel]’ in st. 22/5-6 might favour the notion that Hel has the burial-mound (hreyr) instead of the corpse (hrør) to her delight (at gamni) in this stanza, but this is unlikely.


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