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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Ásynja 2III

Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Ásynja heiti 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 765.

Anonymous ÞulurÁsynja heiti

text and translation

Hlín ok Nanna,         Hnoss, Rindr ok Sjǫfn,
Sól ok Sága,         Sigyn ok Vǫr;
þá es Vár, ok Syn         verðr at nefna,
en Þrúðr ok Rán         þeim næst talið.

Hlín ok Nanna, Hnoss, Rindr ok Sjǫfn, Sól ok Sága, Sigyn ok Vǫr; þá es Vár, ok verðr at nefna Syn, en Þrúðr ok Rán talið næst þeim.
‘Hlín and Nanna, Hnoss, Rindr and Sjǫfn, Sól and Sága, Sigyn and Vǫr; then there is Vár, and Syn must be named, and Þrúðr and Rán [are] listed next to them.

notes and context

Almost all the names of the goddesses listed here are commonly used as base-words in kennings for ‘woman’ and therefore also enumerated in Þul Kvenna II. The few exceptions are Hnoss (l. 2), Vár (l. 5) and Sigyn (l. 4). The former two do occur in kennings for ‘woman’, but they are not recorded in the list of Kvenna heiti ókend. Sigyn on the other hand, is never found in this type of kenning, but the name is mentioned in Þul Kvenna II.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], IV. h. Ásynja heiti 2: AI, 658, BI, 661, Skald I, 325; SnE 1848-87, I, 556, II, 473, 557, 617, SnE 1931, 197, SnE 1998, I, 114-15.


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