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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Krm 28VIII l. 9

æsir — The gods


2. Áss (noun m.; °áss, dat. ási/ás; ásar): god


[9] æsir: ‘æs(ir)’(?) 147, ‘aesar’ LR


[9] æsir munu bjóða oss ‘the gods will invite us’: The speaker sees himself being invited to Valhǫll, the mythical ‘hall of the slain’, presided over by Óðinn, in which warriors who have fallen in battle (the einherjar) enjoy their afterlife (cf. Notes to sts 4/4 and 25/3 above). Valhǫll is described most fully in Gylf (SnE 2005, 32-4); cf. Grí 8-10, 18-26 and Anon Eirm 1/3, 5I. See the Notes to those lines. Both here and in Eyv HákI (cf. st. 10/4-6 there) it is the gods as a group, rather than Óðinn alone, who invite the hero to enter Valhǫll.



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