Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 3. Austrfararvísur, 8 [Vol. 1, 594]

[5] son Saxa ‘the son of Saxi’: Unidentified. Hildebrand (1869-71, II, 100, followed by Ternström 1871) maintains that saxi is an epithet for a wolf, and hence ‘Saxi’s son’ is Rǫgnvaldr Úlfsson (so also Tveiten 1966, 92); but cf. Toll (1924, 563 n. 1). Toll himself (1925, 157) proposes that son Saxa is Sigtryggr, a chieftain in Næríki (ÓH 1941, I, 500; ÍF 27, 328), though his father’s name is not known. Ellekilde (1933-4) proposes that whoever Saxi’s son is, it was Sigvatr’s intention to stay the night with him, but he could not because he had lost his way in Eidskogen.


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