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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, 2. Fragment, 1 [Vol. 3, 489]

[4] Búra ‘of Búri <mythical being>’: Father of Borr, paternal grandfather of Óðinn. Jón Þorkelsson (1890, 3) points out that the mss’ bura must be read as Búra (with a long syllable) for metrical reasons. Gylf (SnE 2005, 11) reports how the mythical cow Auðhumla licks at salty ice-blocks and exposes a man called Búri, who is described as fagr álitum, mikill ok máttugr ‘beautiful in appearance, big and powerful’ and has a son, Borr. As a dwarf-name Búri is recorded in the Hauksbók version of Vsp 13/4 (see NK 3, notes). See also Note to Þul Dverga 1/5 (Burinn).


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