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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þblǫnd Frag 1III

[3] burar Bors ‘of the son of Borr <mythical being> [= Óðinn]’: A similar kenning for Óðinn, niðr Bors ‘son of Borr’, appears in Egill Lv 23/7V (Eg 30). Otherwise the name Borr is not attested in skaldic poetry, but two further kennings with this name as determinant are recorded in the eddic poems Vsp and Hyndl (in Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda the name is spelled Burr, with the variant Borr in the Hauksbók version of Vsp): synir Burs ‘the sons of Burr [= Æsir?]’ in Vsp 4/1 (NK 1) and arfþegi Burs ‘the heir of Burr [= Óðinn]’ in Hyndl 30/2 (NK 293). In Gylf (SnE 2005, 11), Borr is the father of Óðinn, and of Vili and Vé; their mother is the giantess Bestla.


  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. SnE 2005 = Snorri Sturluson. 2005. Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edn. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)
  6. Not published: do not cite (Egill Lv 23V (Eg 30))
  7. Not published: do not cite ()
  8. Not published: do not cite ()


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