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Runic Dictionary

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Ásgr Lv 1III l. 2

hyr — of the fire


hyrr (noun m.): fire < hyrdraugr (noun m.)


[2] hyr‑: her‑ all


[2] hyrdraugar ‘fire-trees’: The mss all read herdraugar ‘army-trees’, which would be unparalleled as a kenning or part-kenning, whereas hyrdraugar, as part of an inverted man- or warrior-kenning, is comparable to hyrlundr ‘fire-tree’ in Karl Lv 2/2V (Svarfd 10) and Anon Pl 16/3VII (though the latter is not fully legible in the ms.). In addition, there does not seem to be any very convincing way to interpret the kenning containing the word if herdraugar is accepted. The emendation appears to have originated with Skj B, and it is accepted by Kock (Skald).



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