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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, 13 [Vol. 3, 451]

[All]: The last two lines of this stanza in R are now very faint. Evidently earlier eds (e.g. Finnur Jónsson in Skj A) were able to read more of the text than is now legible. However, the same two lines, which form the drápa’s stef or refrain, are legible on fol. 24r of R, as ll. 7-8 of st. 20, though there are some differences there from what is legible of the text here. This is the last stanza of Haustl to treat the myth of Þjazi’s abduction of Iðunn. The narrative is concluded in the first helmingr, which alludes to the gods’ killing of Þjazi. As the giant, in eagle form, pursued Loki in the form of a falcon, still holding Iðunn in his claws, transformed to a nut, the gods set fire to a pile of wood-shavings, placed just inside the wall of Ásgarðr. Loki let himself drop down low over the wall, and the eagle followed suit but overshot the mark and fell into the fire, scorching his wings. The gods then set upon Þjazi and killed him (SnE 1998, I, 2).


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