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Þul Óðins 4III l. 3

Síðhǫttr — Síðhǫttr


Síðhǫttr (noun m.)



[3] Síðhǫttr: Lit. ‘broad-hat’; the first element of the cpd is derived from the adj. síðr ‘long, overhanging’, and the second is hǫttr m. ‘hat, hood’. This name fits well with the traditional representation of Óðinn as one wearing a broad hat which he often pulls over his eyes. Otherwise the name occurs only in Grí 48/1, but cf. also Óðinn’s name Hǫttr in Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka (Hálf, FSN II, 25-6). Síðhǫttr (followed by Hnikarr, see st. 2/6) is also the name of a giant in Allra flagða þula (Vilhjálms saga sjóðs, Loth 1962-5, IV, 66).



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