Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorf Lv 1I l. 6

lyngva — heathers


lyng (noun n.; °dat. -vi/-i; -): heather


[5, 6, 7] hjǫrr í brjósti hringi grœnna lyngva en: ‘[...]’ NRA52


[6] lyngva ‘of heathers’: This word (nom. sg. lyng n.) occurs quite frequently in kennings for ‘snake, serpent’, and is perhaps especially appropriate here, since in Fáfn 21/2, 28/6 and 29/2 (NK 184-5) it is í lyngvi that the dragon Fáfnir lies. Lyng applies to the plant Erica ‘heather’ and similar moorland species, and hence also to land overgrown with these plants.



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