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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Óðins 2III

[8] Hárr: Lit. ‘grey-haired one’. The name is given in A as ‘hø̨rr’ and as Hár ‘high’ in B and the LaufE mss. The Óðinn-names Hárr ‘Hoary One’ (cf. Hárbarðr ‘Hoary-bearded One’ in st. 3/5 below) and Hár/Hávi ‘High One’ (cf. the names of king Gylfi’s interlocutors, Hár, Jafnhár and Þriði in Gylf) are difficult to distinguish from one another. The nom. forms of these names are only found in the lists of Óðinn-heiti. Hár, the strong form of the adj., occurs in Grí 46/6, but Hávi, the weak form of the same adj., is recorded only in st. 4/1 below. Otherwise the latter name is found in the gen. in Hávm 109/4, 111/10, 164/1 (NK 34, 44): Háva hǫllo í ‘in the hall of the High One’. Von See (1975) especially 112-16) argues that Hár/Hávi ‘High’ cannot be an old name and is likely first to have appeared in the area of heathen-Christian syncretism (in der Zone des heidnisch-christlichen Synkretismus, von See 1975, 112). According to him, the old name is Hárr.


  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. See, Klaus von. 1981a. Edda, Saga, Skaldendichtung: Aufsätze zur skandinavischen Literatur des Mittelalters. Skandinavistische Arbeiten 6. Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. See, Klaus von. 1975. ‘Probleme der altnordischen Spruchdichtung’. ZDA 104, 91-118. Rpt. in von See 1981a, 45-72.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)
  7. Not published: do not cite ()
  8. Not published: do not cite ()
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Laufás Edda (LaufE)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].


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