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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Sáðs 1III

[2] barr (m.) ‘barley’: In Alv this heiti is said to belong to the language of the gods, while bygg, the common term for ‘barley’ in Old Norse, allegedly comes from the language of human beings (Alv 32/2, NK 129): Bygg heitir með mǫnnom, | enn barr með goðom ‘It is called bygg among men, but barr among the gods’ (see Kommentar III, 366).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite ()


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