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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to ǪrvOdd Lv 8VIII (Ǫrv 40)

[6] Hadding ‘Haddingr’: A well-known name in Old Norse mythical-heroic literature, although the identity of the Haddingr involved in this incident is uncertain. Two Haddingjar are named in Ǫrv 5/6 as among the berserk brothers that fought against Oddr and Hjálmarr on Samsø. See Note to this line. Both 344a and 471 give the hero’s name as Hundingr, attested from the Helgi poems of the Poetic Edda (Kommentar IV, 102), as a sea-king name (SnE 1998, II, 481) and as an ethnic name, Hunding, as in the Old English Wīdsīð 23, while 7 has the common noun hilding, ‘chief, hero’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  4. Internal references
  5. Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 5 (Hjálmarr inn hugumstóri, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 816.


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