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Note to Þul Orma 3III

[6] Sváfnir: Lit. ‘soother’, from the weak verb svæfa, svefja ‘lull to sleep, soothe’; hence the implied meaning of Sváfnir is perhaps ‘murderer’. This is another mythical serpent that gnaws on the roots of Yggdrasill (cf. Gylf, SnE 2005, 19 and Grí 34/7 (NK 64): Ofnir oc Sváfnir ‘Ofnir and Sváfnir’). Sváfnir is mentioned in the list of orma heiti in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 90) and occurs in gold-kennings in late skaldic verse (LP: Sváfnir 3; see also Þul Óðins 4/3).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  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 Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)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 Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)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, Óðins nǫfn 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 741.
  10. Not published: do not cite ()

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