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Note to Þul Dverga 3III

[2] Aurvargr: An otherwise unattested cpd. Gould (1929, 942) interprets this name as ‘gravel-outlaw’, while Motz (1973, 113) translates it as ‘muddy wolf’ (from aurr m. ‘gravel, mud’ and vargr m. ‘wolf, outlaw’). This is perhaps a variant of the dwarf-name Aurvangr ‘gravelly plain’ or ‘mud field’ (the second element from vangr m. ‘plain’) recorded in Vsp 13/7, which is the form given in Skj B and Skald. The latter is most likely derived from Aurvangar pl. ‘mud-fields’, the mythical land of the elves (see Gylf, SnE 2005, 16 and Aurvanga siǫt ‘home of mud-fields’ in Vsp 14/7 (NK 4)).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. 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.
  5. SnE 2005 = Snorri Sturluson. 2005. Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edn. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Gould, Chester N. 1929. ‘Dwarf-names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion’. PMLA 44, 938-67.
  7. Motz, Lotte. 1973. ‘New Thoughts on Dwarf-Names in Old Icelandic’. FS 7, 100-17.
  8. Internal references
  9. (forthcoming), ‘ Snorri Sturluson, Gylfaginning’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 5 August 2021)
  10. Not published: do not cite ()


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