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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Fiska 1III

[8] Andvari: Lit. ‘watcher’. This is the name of a legendary dwarf who assumed the form of a pike, hence, ‘pike’ (Kristensen 1917, 112). Cf. the prose to Reg (NK 173): hann var lǫngom í forsinom í geddo líki ‘he stayed in the waterfall for a long time in the shape of a pike’. Other than in the present list, the word does not occur as a heiti for ‘fish’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. Kristensen, Marius. 1917. ‘Nogle fiskenavne fra Eddas nafnaþulur’. MM, 111-12.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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