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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Rloð Lv 1VIII (Ragn 1)

[8] hringlegnum ‘ring-coiled’: Emended here to m. dat. sg., agreeing with lax ‘salmon’ in l. 7, the latter understood as dat. of the possessor of a body part (hjarta ‘heart’). This description does not necessarily refer to the fact that, in the saga prose (Ragn 1906-8, 117), the snake is described as encircling Þóra’s bower; in Hávm 86/4 (NK 30), the phrase ormi hringlegnom ‘coiled snake’, also in the dat. sg., clearly refers to a snake in general terms.


  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. Ragn 1906-8 = Olsen 1906-8, 111-222.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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