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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Viðar 3III

[8] lstr (m.) ‘willow’: In this þula the word is spelled (normalised) jóstr (so also the LaufE mss). Cf. ModIcel. jölstur ‘willow’, New Norw. ister, ModSwed. dialects jolster, jälster, juster ‘laurel willow’ (Salix pentandra), from Gmc *elustrō (AEW: jǫlstr). The word does not occur in Old Norse sources other than in the present stanza and in Guðr I 19/5-7 (NK 205): nú em ec svá lítil, | sem lauf | opt í iǫlstrom ‘now I am as small as a leaf often is on willows’. See also ilstri ‘willow’ in l. 7 above.


  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. Internal references
  5. (forthcoming), ‘ Unattributed, Laufás Edda’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 5 August 2021)


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