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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Frag 4III l. 2

Sif — Sif


2. Sif (noun f.): Sif < hirðisif (noun f.)


[2] hirði‑Sif: ‘hir[…]’ U


[1, 2] hirði-Sif fúrs flóðs ‘guarding-Sif <goddess> of the fire of the sea [GOLD > WOMAN]’: Sif is the wife of Þórr. The kenning consists of the base-word (which is compounded with the verbal stem hirði- ‘guard, look after’) and a gold-kenning which depends syntactically on the verbal stem hirði. A similarly constructed kenning is found in VGl Lv 7/1, 2V (Glúm 7) hirði-Sif virkis víns ‘the guarding-Sif <goddess> of the stronghold of wine [WINE VAT > WOMAN]’.



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