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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Bragi inn gamli Boddason, 2. Þórr’s fishing, 4 [Vol. 3, 50]

[3] haussprengi Hrungnis ‘the skull-splitter of Hrungnir <giant> [= Þórr]’: A kenning for Þórr, whose single combat with the giant Hrungnir, in which he shatters the giant’s skull with his hammer Mjǫllnir, is told in considerable detail and with great verve in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 20-4), where Snorri also quotes sts 14-20 of Þjóð Haustl, a poem that describes scenes from this myth painted on a shield. Bragi alludes to the myth again in Rdr 1/2-4.


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