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Note to stanza
 Níðhǫggr: So 744ˣ (B is only partly legible: ‘[…]ho᷎ggr’; the name is omitted in the LaufE mss). Ms. A has ‘niðø̨ttr’, which cannot be construed to make any sense. Níðhǫggr has been adopted in Skj B and Skald. Gould (1929, 952) explains Níðhǫggr as ‘hatefully striking one’, from níð n. ‘contumely, libel’ and the strong verb hǫggva ‘strike, hew’. A dwarf of this name is not mentioned elsewhere, but Níðhǫggr is known from eddic poetry as a mythical serpent (see Þul Orma 3/1, Note) and is also mentioned as such in Gylf (SnE 2005, 17). It is a heiti for ‘sword’ in Þul Sverða 9/8.
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