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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 6. Dverga heiti, 6 [Vol. 3, 704]

[2] Litr: Lit. ‘coloured one’, cf. litr m. ‘ruddy complexion’. According to Gutenbrunner (1955, 66), this name may be interpreted as ‘one of good colour’, ‘one with a healthy complexion’. Dwarfs of this name appear in several sources (cf. Vsp 12/4, Gylf, SnE 2005, 16, Án ch. 1 and ÞorstVík chs 5-6, FSN II, 327, 396-9). In Gylf (SnE 2005, 46), Litr is the dwarf whom Þórr thrust into Baldr’s funeral pyre when he ran in front of his feet. See also Mjǫklituð in st. 1/2 and Note to Fár in st. 5/1 above. Litr is also the name of a giant in Bragi Þórr 5/1 and an ox-heiti (Þul Øxna 2/5).


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