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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to ǪgmEyb Lv 1VIII (Ǫrv 31)

[2] með hylli goða ‘with the favour of the gods’: Skj B assumes that Geirrøðr possesses the favour of the gods (Geirrød, der besidder guders gunst ‘Geirrøðr, who possesses the gods’ favour’) and it is for this reason Ǫgmundr calls upon him. Another interpretation is that Ǫgmundr calls on Geirrøðr and also invokes the favour of the gods. The meaning is slightly different in each case. What is certain is that Ǫgmundr brands himself an obdurate pagan (in the eyes of a Christian audience) with these words. A number of formulae invoking the pre-Christian gods use the noun hylli (e.g. Óðins hylli ‘the favour of Óðinn’ Grí 51/6 (NK 67), Ullar hylli … oc allra goða ‘the favour of Ullr and all the gods’ Grí 42/1-2 (NK 65), til hylli Óðins ‘for Óðinn’s favour’ Hfr Lv 7/1-2V (Hallfr 10).


  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. 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. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()
  6. Not published: do not cite (Hfr Lv 7V (Hallfr 10))


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