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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Elds 3III

[7] væginn (m.) ‘moving one’: A hap. leg. According to de Vries (AEW: væginn 1), the word is derived from vágr (one of the names for ‘fire’ in Alv 26/3; see also Kommentar III, 357-8) and not related to the weak verb vægja ‘give way, yield’. Hence its meaning is ‘moving one’ or ‘swinging one’ (cf. ModGer. bewegen ‘move’ and AEW: vágr) rather than ‘lenient, yielding’ (adj.). RE 1665 renders this word as ‘Wægan’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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