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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þblǫnd Frag 1III

[4] Búra ‘of Búri <mythical being>’: Father of Borr, paternal grandfather of Óðinn. Jón Þorkelsson (1890, 3) points out that the mss’ bura must be read as Búra (with a long syllable) for metrical reasons. Gylf (SnE 2005, 11) reports how the mythical cow Auðhumla licks at salty ice-blocks and exposes a man called Búri, who is described as fagr álitum, mikill ok máttugr ‘beautiful in appearance, big and powerful’ and has a son, Borr. As a dwarf-name Búri is recorded in the Hauksbók version of Vsp 13/4 (see NK 3, notes). See also Note to Þul Dverga 1/5 (Burinn).


  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. Jón Þorkelsson [J. Thorkelsson]. 1890. ‘Bemærkninger til enkelte vers i Snorra Edda’. ANF 6, 1-13.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)
  7. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Dverga heiti 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 693.
  8. Not published: do not cite ()


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