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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Dverga 5III

[5] Hannarr: So B and the LaufE mss (Hanar). The word may be the same as the adj. hannarr ‘skilled’ (so Gould 1929, 948), although in Vsp 13/4 (NK 3) the name occurs as Hánarr or Hanarr. Motz’s (1973, 114) suggestion that it may be connected with hani m. ‘rooster’ and mean ‘chanter’, is untenable because the metre requires a long root syllable (Hán- or Hann-).


  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. Gould, Chester N. 1929. ‘Dwarf-names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion’. PMLA 44, 938-67.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()
  6. 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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