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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hildigunnr Lv 1VIII (Ǫrv 30) l. 2

nefi — nose


nef (noun n.; °-s; -, gen. -ja): nose, beak



[2] toppr fyr nefi ‘a tuft of hair before your nose’: An indication that Oddr is not the baby he appears from his size, but is sexually mature, as Hildigunnr notices when she looks at his face. The prose text tells that she takes him into bed with her, plays with him and later produces a son, Vignir. On the motif of sexual relations between giantesses and fornaldarsaga heroes, see McKinnell (2009b, 206-8).



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