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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Anonymous Þulur, 6. Dverga heiti, 2 [Vol. 3, 695]

[7] Skáfiðr: Most likely ‘a crooked Saami’ (cf. the adj. skár ‘slanting, crooked’ and fiðr, finnr ‘Saami’; see ÍO: Skáfið(u)r). The name is also recorded in Vsp 15/6 and Gylf (SnE 2005, 16). However, Gould (1929, 953) argues that the second part of this name ought to be interpreted as ‑viðr from viðr m. ‘board, slat, rung, tree’, hence lit. ‘slanting board’. His reason for doing so is evidently that there are other cpd dwarf-names in this þula with a similar second element, cf. Blindviðr, Miðviðr (st. 1/3, 5), Viðr (st. 4/4). The LaufE mss have Skapid(u)r, in which an original <f> must have been misread as <p>.


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