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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 7 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 1) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 819]

[2] frá Munarvágum ‘from Munarvágar’: According to the prose of Ǫrv immediately preceding the Samsø stanzas (Ǫrv 1888, 94), this is the name of some inlets or creeks on Samsø where Oddr and Hjálmarr found anchorage for their ships while they repaired them. The name is also recorded in the sg. in the prose of Heiðr (see Heiðr 1924, 9, 10, 96, 104, 105; Heiðr 1960, 5 and n. a); for variant spellings in Una- or Unnar- cf. HHund I 31/2. That the Munar- form is correct is confirmed by alliteration (cf. Heiðr 1924, lxviii). It is also found in Herv Lv 10/8 (Heiðr 27). The first element of the name possibly derives from munr ‘desire, love’.


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