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Note to Gestumbl Heiðr 22VIII (Heiðr 69)

[1]: This half-line also occurs in the eddic poems Vafþr 48/4 and Bdr 12/5, both of which stanzas strongly resemble Heiðr’s wave-riddles and are, as here, posed by Óðinn in disguise. On the first instance, see Note to Heiðr 67/1-2. The second instance is a good candidate for another description of waves (Bdr 12/5-6, NK 279): hveriar ro þær meyiar, | er at muni gráta | oc á himin verpa | hálsa scautom? ‘Who are those girls, who weep at desire and who cast to the sky the sheets of their necks?’. The question goes unanswered in Bdr, serving as the question that reveals Óðinn’s true identity. See further Malm (2000), Burrows (2013, 210-13) and Kommentar III, 458-60.

References

  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. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Burrows, Hannah. 2013. ‘Enigma Variations: Hervarar saga’s Wave-Riddles and Supernatural Women in Old Norse Poetic Tradition’. JEGP 112, 194-216.
  5. Malm, Mats. 2000. ‘Baldrs draumar: Literally and Literarily’. In Barnes et al. 2000, 277-89.
  6. Internal references
  7. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.
  8. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 67 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 20)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 432.
  9. Not published: do not cite ()
  10. Not published: do not cite ()

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