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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Valkyrja 1III

[8] Randgnið: A hap. leg.; cf. Ráðgnið (st. 2/1). According to Finnur Jónsson (LP: Randgríðr), ‑gnið is a corrupt reading and he suggests Randgríð(r) ‘shield-Gríðr’, based on the pair Randgríð oc Ráðgríð ‘Randgríð and Ráðgríð’ in Grí 36/7 (NK 64). In Skj B, Finnur gives Randgníð, however, and Skald has Randgnið (adopted in the present edn). The second part of the name, ‑gnið f., may be of the same origin as the sea-heiti gniðr m. ‘murmur’ (see Note to Þul Sjóvar 2/7), possibly either connected with the weak verb gniða ‘rub’ or related to gnauða ‘resound, rumble, make noise’ (cf. AEW: gniðr), hence perhaps ‘shield-din’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  5. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  7. Internal references
  8. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Sjóvar 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. 835.
  9. Not published: do not cite ()


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