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Note to Þul Ásynja 2III

[3] Sága: One of the goddesses whose name is common in skaldic kennings. Nothing is known of this Ásynja except that she dwells at a place called Søkkvabekkr ‘sunken-bench’ and is somehow associated with Óðinn. Cf. Grí 7/4-6 (NK 58): þar þau Óðinn oc Sága | drecca um alla daga, | glǫð, ór gullnom kerom ‘there Óðinn and Sága, glad, drink every day from golden cups’. In Gylf (SnE 2005, 29) her name is given right after the name of Óðinn’s wife Frigg, and it is possible that Sága was identified with Frigg (cf. LP: Sága). This name is related either to the strong verb sjá ‘see’ (‘seeress’(?)) or to saga f. ‘story, legend’ (‘proclaiming one’(?)).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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 Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)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 Not published: do not cite ()

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