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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Jǫtna II 2III

[1] Suttungr: Father of Gunnlǫð and keeper of the mead of poetry, which was stolen from him by Óðinn (Hávm 104/6, 110/4-6; Alv 34/6; Skm, SnE 1998, I, 3-5). The name is also attested in the form Suttungi (Skí 34/3 (NK 76) synir Suttunga ‘sons of Suttungi’) and may mean  ‘rusher’ (cf. New Norw. sutta ‘to rush’). The name does not appear in skaldic verse, but it is attested in the rímur (Finnur Jónsson 1926-8: Suttungr, Supt-).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Finnur Jónsson. 1926-8. Ordbog til de af samfund til udg. af gml. nord. litteratur udgivne Rímur samt til de af Dr. O. Jiriczek udgivne Bósarímur. SUGNL 51. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  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 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
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