Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð, 78 [Vol. 7, 352-3]

[6] Vígdvalinn ‘Vígdvalinn’: This name, though composed of elements familiar from eddic poetry, made no sense to the scribe of 738ˣ. There has been much debate as to the meaning of the name, summarised by Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 104). Brennecke (1985, 106) notes that Dvalinn can be a deer-name, as well as that of a dwarf, or meaning ‘one who delays’. Whatever the precise implications of the name, as Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 105) notes, some scholars think that the second half of the st. refers to Christ bringing salvation for mankind at his Resurrection, though Amory (1985, 12-13; 1990, 262) interprets Vígdvalinn as Peter, the first pope, communicating the teachings of Christ to the faithful as a father does to his son.

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