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Hókr Eirfl 3I l. 8

Fáfnis — Fáfnir


Fáfnir (noun m.): Fáfnir


[8] Fáfnis: ‘famnes’ FskAˣ, faðmis 310, ‘faðmes’ 4‑7


[8] Fáfnis ‘Fáfnir’: The dragon Fáfnir (Reginn Hreiðmarsson’s brother; see Note to l. 6 above), who was killed by Sigurðr Fáfnisbani ‘Slayer of Fáfnir’ (see Fáfn, Þorf Lv 1). It is used here as a synonym for ormr ‘serpent’, i.e. the ship Ormr inn langi (see also Notes to st. 2/1 above and Hfr ErfÓl 10/1). The variant (normalised) faðmis (nom. faðmir) in FskAˣ, 310, and 4-7 is a Norwegian form of this name (see Note to Anon Nkt 21/4II, as well as RvHbreiðm Hl 7/3III and 47/3III).



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