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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Ormr Steinþórsson, 1. Poem about a woman, 2 [Vol. 3, 326]

[3] full burar Billings ‘the cup of the son of Billingr <dwarf> [DWARF > POEM]’: A dwarf named Billingr is mentioned in the Hauksbók text of Vsp 13 (NK 3 n.). A person or being of that name is also mentioned in Hávm 97/1 but cannot be definitely identified as a dwarf (cf. Evans 1986, 58). Faulkes (SnE 1998, II, 448) explains burar Billings ‘of the son of Billingr’ as meaning ‘any dwarf or giant’ in the context of the myth of the mead of poetry, where dwarfs and giants were among the beings to hold possession of the mead at various points.


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