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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Sverða 9III

[4] þinurr (m.) ‘fir’: The name of a type of fir-tree, ModIcel. þinur ‘fir’ (Abies; see Þul Viðar 3/4), metaphorically used of a bow made of the wood of this tree (cf. New Norw. tinar ‘hard area in fir or spruce wood’). According to Falk (1914b, 64), the term could denote a sword’s flexibility and firmness, but it is more likely a base-word in a sword-kenning (Meissner 152). The heiti is not attested in poetry.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Meissner = Meissner, Rudolf. 1921. Die Kenningar der Skalden: Ein Beitrag zur skaldischen Poetik. Rheinische Beiträge und Hülfsbücher zur germanischen Philologie und Volkskunde 1. Bonn and Leipzig: Schroeder. Rpt. 1984. Hildesheim etc.: Olms.
  3. Falk, Hjalmar. 1914b. Altnordische Waffenkunde. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter, II. Hist.-filos. kl. 1914, 6. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  4. Internal references
  5. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Viðar heiti 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 883.


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