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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 24VIII (Bret 24) l. 7

hegri — the heron


hegri (noun m.)


[7] hegri: hegra Hb


[7] hegri ‘the heron’: Emended from ms. hegra (refreshed) in Bret 1848-9, followed by Skj B and Skald. This is a rarely attested word in Old Norse; outside Merl there are only two attestations in poetry (LP: hegri) and in all four prose citations in ONP it is used as a nickname rather than a common noun; of the two men thus designated, one is a C12th Norwegian and the other an early settler in Iceland. Merl 2012 retains hegra without explanation of this form.



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