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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 52 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða, 2) — Hrókr [Vol. 8, 346]

[2] Vifil ‘Vifill’: According to the prose text (Hálf 1981, 190), Vifill was the son of Heðinn, a jarl of King Haki, and is referred to by his patronymic in l. 8. The name Vifill, etymologically ‘Beetle’ (AEW: Vifill) appears in other Old Norse texts (see Hrólf 3/1) while Heðinn is elsewhere the name of a legendary hero (see Bragi Rdr 10/6III and Note 1). The prose text indicates that Vifill had sought the hand of Brynhildr and that she had been promised to him before Hrókr’s identity and superior claim had been established.


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