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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Veðra 1III

[1] vǫnsuðr (m.) ‘wanderer’: The word is most likely related to New Norw. vansa ‘wander’ (ÍO: vönsuður, vǫnsuðr). This heiti is also a name for ‘wind’ in the language of the gods in the stanza from Alv cited in Skm (SnE 1998, I, 90): Vindr heitir með mǫnnum, | enn *vǫnsuðr með goðum ‘it is called vindr among men, but vǫnsuðr among the gods’ (so (39r), A(14v) (twice), ‘vonsundr’ R(37v) by correction, ‘vofudr’ corrected above the line to ‘vonsudr’ C(7r)). Alv 20/2 (NK 127) in the Codex Regius version of the Poetic Edda gives the heiti váfuðr ‘swinging one’ (cf. Óðinn’s name Váfuðr; see Note to Þul Óðins 5/7). Neither term occurs in other sources.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. ÍO = Ásgeir Blöndal Magnússon. 1989. Íslensk orðsifjabók. Reykjavík: Orðabók Háskólans.
  4. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
  7. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Óðins nǫfn 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 743.
  8. Not published: do not cite ()


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