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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Sverða 1III

[3] Hrotti: The name of several legendary swords and a poetic term for ‘sword’ in general. Cf. Fáfnir’s sword (see Fáfn prose (NK 188) and Vǫls 1965, 34), Hervarðr Arngrímsson’s sword (Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks, FSN I, 416), as well as OE Hrunting, the name of Unferð’s sword in Beowulf (for the latter, see Beowulf 2008, 470 and references there). The meaning of Hrotti is not clear. It may have meant ‘branch, staff’ (so ÍO: hrotti 1), or it could have been derived from the strong verb hrinda (pret. hratt) ‘push, kick, throw’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. FSN = Rafn, Carl Christian, ed. 1829-30. Fornaldar sögur nordrlanda. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  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. ÍO = Ásgeir Blöndal Magnússon. 1989. Íslensk orðsifjabók. Reykjavík: Orðabók Háskólans.
  5. Beowulf 2008 = Fulk, Robert D., Robert E. Bjork and John D. Niles, eds. 2008. Klaeber’s Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg. 4th rev. edn of Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, ed. Fr. Klaeber. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press.
  6. Vǫls 1965 = Finch, R. G., ed. and trans. 1965. The Saga of the Volsungs. London: Nelson.
  7. Internal references
  8. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.
  9. Not published: do not cite ()
  10. Not published: do not cite ()


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