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Note to Þul Orma 3III

[1] Níðhǫggr: Lit. ‘wicked-striker’, from níð n. ‘libel, slander’ and the strong verb hǫggva ‘strike, bite’ (cf. hǫggormr ‘viper’; see CVC: höggormr). This is another mythical serpent that gnaws on the root of the ash Yggdrasill (Grí 32/6, 35/6; Gylf, SnE 2005, 17-9). In Vsp, Níðhǫggr is also combined with nái (see the next heiti) as in the present list: Vsp 39/7-8 (NK 9) þar saug Níðhǫggr | nái framgengna ‘there Níðhǫggr sucked corpses of the dead’; Vsp 66/7 (NK 15) Níðhǫggr, nái ‘Níðhǫggr, corpses’. The heiti does not occur in skaldic verse, but it is listed among other orma heiti in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 90) and also found in Þul Sverða 9/8 and Þul Dverga 2/2.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. CVC = Cleasby, Richard, Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and W. A. Craigie. 1957. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon.
  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. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. SnE 2005 = Snorri Sturluson. 2005. Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edn. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
  8. Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)
  9. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Dverga heiti 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 695.
  10. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Sverða heiti 9’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 806.
  11. Not published: do not cite ()
  12. Not published: do not cite ()

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