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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 63 (Hrókr inn svarti, Hrókskviða, 13) — Hrókr [Vol. 8, 354]

[8] synir Gunnlaðar ‘the sons of Gunnlǫð’: Gunnlǫð is named as the mother of the two Steinar in the prose text (Hálf 1981, 177, ch. 5, ll. 3-5). She was married to Álfr inn gamli ‘the Old’, jarl of Hordaland (Hǫrðaland), and was the sister of the district chieftain Hámundr inn frækni ‘the Bold’, the father of the two men named Hrókr ‘Rook’. Thus the ‘Stones’ were first cousins of the ‘Rooks’. The pers. n. Gunnlǫð is uncommon (Lind 1905-15, 416-17), but occurs in a mythological context in Hávm 105-10 and SnE (SnE 1998, I, 4) as the name of the daughter of the giant Suttungr, who allowed Óðinn to gain possession of the mead of poetry; cf. Steinþ Frag 1/2III and Note. It is also the name given to the daughter of Hrókr inn svarti and Brynhildr Hakadóttir (see Hálf 75, Note to [All]).


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