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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]

[4] Reginn: New formation (m. sg.) from regin n. pl. ‘divine powers, gods’ connected etymologically with Goth. ragin ‘decision’ and rahnjan ‘organise’ (AEW: regin). See also Note to Þul Jǫtna II 2/8. The dwarf Reginn is mentioned in Vsp 12/7 (NK 3) as one of the pair Reginn oc Ráðsviðr (for Ráðsviðr, see the next line) and in Egils saga einhenda (ch. 16, FSN III, 403). It is not clear whether the dwarf of this name is the same as Reginn Hreiðmarsson known from the legend of the Niflungar as the brother of Fáfnir and the foster-father of Sigurðr (cf. SnE 1998, II, 500, where the two names are listed separately). However, in Reg (prose, NK 173) the latter Reginn is said to be dvergr of vǫxt ‘of a dwarf’s stature’. Reginn is the only dwarf-name listed in this stanza which occurs in skaldic kennings (LP: reginn). See also Reginn as a heiti for ‘ox’ (Þul Øxna 1/5).


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