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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Á 6III

[7] Vǫð (f.): Perhaps the same as vað n. ‘ford, wading-place’ (AEW: Vǫð). Most likely the name of a mythical river, cf. Grí 28/7-8 (NK 63) Sylgr oc Ylgr | Víð oc Vað (so ms. A, but Víð oc Ván in the Codex Regius version of this stanza). Finnur Jónsson (1933-4, 268), however, doubts that vǫð = vað, because the latter word never denotes ‘river’ elsewhere, and he argues that the correct form is f. væð (cf. ‘vavð’ in R, but ‘vad’ in ) from væðr, which he translates as farbar ‘one that might be waded’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  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. Finnur Jónsson. 1933-4. ‘Þulur’. APS 8, 262-72.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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