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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Áns saga bogsveigis 5 (Án bogsveigir, Lausavísur, 5) — Án [Vol. 8, 12]

[3] hvíthaddaðar ‘fair-haired’: This reading from 109a Iˣ and other mss is certainly correct; 343a has hvíthaddaraðar. The form ‑haddaðr ‘-haired’ is attested in other virtually synonymous compounds, which are used as epithets of girls and young women: e.g. bjarthaddað man ‘bright-haired maiden’, Gríp 33/6 (NK 169), bjarthadduð brúðr ‘bright-haired woman’, GunnLeif Merl I 77/7-8 and brúðir bleikhaddaðar ‘pale-haired women’, Gestumbl Heiðr 17/1-2 (Heiðr 64). There is a particular similarity between the last-named riddle and the stanza from Án in that this stanza poses a question or questions, and the second question (ostensibly) concerns a natural phenomenon (logn, see Note to l. 8), as Gestumbl Heiðr 17 (the answer to the riddle is ‘swans’) and several other riddles in Heiðr do.


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