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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eil Þdr 22III l. 1

Vrǫsku — of Rǫskva


Rǫskva (noun f.): Rǫskva



[1] Vrǫsku ‘of Rǫskva’: According to Snorri, the two children Þjálfi and Rǫskva were given to Þórr as servants as compensation for an incident in which Þjálfi injured one of Þórr’s goats, causing it to limp (Gylf, SnE 2005, 37). In ARG II, 332, Rǫskva’s name is connected with Goth. wrisqan ‘bear fruit’ (cf. ON rǫskvast ‘grow, ripen’), and she could have been a goddess of fertility. The name can be reconstructed as Gmc *Wraskwō, an agent noun meaning ‘ripener, ripening one’. — [1] Vrǫsku … vreiðr ‘of Rǫskva … furious’: All eds agree that, because alliteration falls on v- () in l. 2, initial and archaic v- must be restored in the alliterating words Vrǫsku and vreiðr (l. 1) as well (cf. ANG §288 Anm. 1). The mss have (normalised) Rǫsku and reiðr.



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