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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (biog. vol. 1), 1. Haustlǫng, 7 [Vol. 3, 441]

[6] reimuð Jǫtunheima ‘haunter of Jǫtunheimar [= Þjazi]’: The lexical sense of the hap. leg. noun reimuðr is uncertain, though it has usually been associated with the phrase þar er reimt ‘the place is haunted’ (cf. LP: reimuðr; Holtsmark 1949, 26-7). Kock (NN §158), however, suggests it means ‘one who rises high’, a term for a giant represented as large of stature. Jǫtunheimar (pl.) is the world of the giants, imagined in Old Norse cosmology as north (cf. st. 10/4 sunnan ‘from the south’, the direction from which Iðunn comes) or east of the gods’ home Ásgarðr.


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