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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to StarkSt Vík 27VIII (Gautr 35)

[1] þess eyrendis ‘with this result’: One has to assume that this line is part of an otherwise unpreserved clause, which presumably related to the struggle between Óðinn and Þórr to govern Starkaðr’s fate, as reported in the prose text and also in Saxo. In particular when Óðinn granted him to live for three human lifespans, Þórr countered that hann skal vinna níðingsverk á hverjum mannzalldri ‘he will perform a níðingr’s deed in each human lifespan’ (cf. Gautr 1900, 29). The particular níðingsverk in this case is Starkaðr’s killing of Víkarr. The word eyrendi here means ‘result, consequence’ (of a particular message or action), as it does in some eddic poetry (cf. LP: ørendi), including Þry 10/1 (NK 112), Hefir þú erindi sem erfiði? ‘Have you got a result for your trouble?’


  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. Gautr 1900 = Ranisch, Wilhelm, ed. 1900. Die Gautrekssaga in zwei Fassungen. Palaestra 11. Berlin: Mayer & Müller.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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