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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Óðins 5III

[7] Váfuðr: So B. This heiti may mean ‘swinging one’ (an agent noun from the weak verb váfa ‘swing’), and if so, the name possibly alludes to the same myth as Geiguðr in st. 3/7 above (cf. Hávm 157), although Finnur Jónsson interprets the name as ‘wanderer’ (LP: Vôfuðr). In this form the name is also recorded in the list of Óðinn-heiti in Grí 54/5 and in Gylf (SnE 2005, 22). Váfuðr is otherwise attested as a heiti for ‘wind’ (Alv 20/2; see Note to Þul Veðra 1/1). The A variant (normalised) Váfǫðr (so also the LaufE mss) occurs in the Hb version of Vsp 1/5 (NK 1), where it replaces Valfǫðr, the next name in the present stanza.


  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 Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)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. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Veðra heiti 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 918.
  8. Not published: do not cite ()
  9. Not published: do not cite ()
  10. Not published: do not cite ()
  11. Not published: do not cite ()
  12. 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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