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Note to GunnLeif Merl I 68VIII (Bret 136)

[9] vígroða ‘the redness of battle’: For the full array of attestations of this and related compounds see Kommentar IV, 726-7. It is usually interpreted as a red glow in the sky, portending battle (Bret 1848-9; Skj B; LP: vígroði; LT: vígroði; cf. NN §2406 stridens glöd ‘glow of battle’). Given the context in Merl, an additional connotation might be that blood spatters the heavens: cf. Anon Darr 1/4V(Nj 53) rignir blóði ‘it rains with blood’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. 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.
  5. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  6. LT = La Farge, Beatrice and John Tucker. 1992. Glossary to the Poetic Edda, based on Hans Kuhn’s Kurzes Wörterbuch. Skandinavistische Arbeiten 15. Heidelberg: Winter.
  7. Bret 1848-9 = Jón Sigurðsson. 1848-9. ‘Trójumanna saga ok Breta sögur, efter Hauksbók, med dansk Oversættelse’. ÅNOH 1848, 3-215; 1849, 3-145.
  8. Internal references
  9. Not published: do not cite (Anon Darr 1V (Nj 53))

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