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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Valkyrja 2III

[3] Skeggǫld: Lit. ‘axe-age’. The name is clearly a term for ‘battle’, from skeggja f. ‘bearded battle-axe’ and ǫld f. ‘time, age’ (for this type of weapon, see Falk 1914b, 108-10). In Vsp 45/7 (NK 10), sceggǫld is mentioned along with several other names for the period of violence right before Ragnarǫk, when the world and the heathen gods will perish (cf. Skalmǫld, l. 8 below). As the name of a valkyrie it is given as Sceggiǫld in Grí 36/3 (NK 64) and also in Gylf (SnE 2005, 30), but it does not occur elsewhere.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. Falk, Hjalmar. 1914b. Altnordische Waffenkunde. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter, II. Hist.-filos. kl. 1914, 6. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  4. SnE 2005 = Snorri Sturluson. 2005. Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edn. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)
  7. Not published: do not cite ()
  8. Not published: do not cite ()


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