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Note to Þul Óðins 7III

[8] Gestumblindi: The name is known from Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks (Heiðr, FSN I, 531-3) where it is said that Óðinn took on the appearance and social position of his worshipper, Gestumblindi from Reiðgotaland (cf. Gestiblindus Gothorum rex mentioned by Saxo, Saxo 2005, I, 5, 10, 1, pp. 342-3) and helped him outwit King Heiðrekr in a riddle contest (see Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr 48-84), Heiðrekr HeiðrVIII (Heiðr 85)). According to Wessén (1924, 537-48), Gestumblindi is a contraction of Gest-inn-blinda ‘the blind stranger’ (so also ÍO: Gestumblindi; cf. FSN I, 463-88: Gestr hinn blindi), whereas A. Kock (1891, 180) interpreted the name as a contracted form of *Gest-unblindi, i.e. *Gest úblindi ‘non-blind stranger’, which is less plausible. Cf. Bileygr (st. 5/6).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. FSN = Rafn, Carl Christian, ed. 1829-30. Fornaldar sögur nordrlanda. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. ÍO = Ásgeir Blöndal Magnússon. 1989. Íslensk orðsifjabók. Reykjavík: Orðabók Háskólans.
  4. Saxo 2005 = Friis-Jensen, Karsten, ed. 2005. Saxo Grammaticus: Gesta Danorum / Danmarkshistorien. Trans. Peter Zeeberg. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Det danske sprog- og litteraturselskab & Gads forlag.
  5. Kock, Axel. 1891. ‘Några etymologiska anmärkningar’. ANF 7, 175-91.
  6. Wessén, Elias. 1924. ‘Gestumblindi’. In Festskrift tillägnad Hugo Pipping på hans sextioårsdag den 5 november 1924. Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland 175. Helsingfors: Mercator, 537-48.
  7. Internal references
  8. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.
  9. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 48 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 410.
  10. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 85 (Heiðrekr, Heiðreks gátur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 452.
  11. Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))
  12. Not published: do not cite (Heiðrekr HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))

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