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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Gríms saga loðinkinna 3 (Grímr loðinkinni, Lausavísur, 2) — Grímr [Vol. 8, 292]

[2] Þjassa ‘of Þjazi <giant>’: This name is written with <ss> (or <sss>) in all mss of GrL; such forms as Þjassi (nom.) are a later variant (c. 1250 and later, ANG §274.2) of Þjazi, the name of a giant whom the gods eventually kill after a series of hostile encounters or dealings with him related in Þjóð Haustl 1-13III; cf. SnE 1998, I, 1-2 and Bragi Frag 2III. In that myth Þjazi’s daughter Skaði seeks to take vengeance for him. In GrL 2 Feima states that her father is named Hrímnir; when Grímr refers to her and her sister here as (hvárgi) dóttir Þjassa ‘(neither) daughter of Þjazi’, this pers. n. stands for any giant name and is the determinant of a giantess-kenning.


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