Fjalarr: A mythical rooster in Vsp 42/5-8 (NK 10): gól um hánom | í galgviði | fagrrauðr hani, | sá er Fialarr heitir ‘crowed above him [i.e. the giant Eggþér] in gallow-wood the fair red rooster that is named Fjalarr’. Fjalarr is also a giant (Þul Jǫtna I 3/6) and a dwarf (Vsp 16/3). In Skm (SnE 1998, I, 3), Fjalarr is one of the dwarfs who kills the wise Kvasir, but the word is otherwise not attested in poetry as a heiti for ‘rooster’. As Dronke (1997, II, 143) states, it is difficult to see a common element in all these attestations that might give a meaning to the name. According to de Vries (AEW: Fjalarr), the word is probably related to the strong verb fela ‘hide’.
- AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
- 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.
- SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
- Dronke, Ursula, ed. and trans. 1997. The Poetic Edda. II: Mythological Poems. Oxford: Clarendon.
- Internal references
- (forthcoming), ‘ Snorri Sturluson, Skáldskaparmál’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=112> (accessed 5 August 2021)
- Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Jǫtna heiti I 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 710.
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