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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Hróksv Hrkv 2VIII (Hálf 52)

[2] Vifil ‘Vifill’: According to the prose text (Hálf 1981, 190), Vifill was the son of Heðinn, a jarl of King Haki, and is referred to by his patronymic in l. 8. The name Vifill, etymologically ‘Beetle’ (AEW: Vifill) appears in other Old Norse texts (see Hrólf 3/1) while Heðinn is elsewhere the name of a legendary hero (see Bragi Rdr 10/6III and Note 1). The prose text indicates that Vifill had sought the hand of Brynhildr and that she had been promised to him before Hrókr’s identity and superior claim had been established.


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Hálf 1981 = Seelow, Hubert, ed. 1981. Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka. RSÁM 20. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar.
  4. Internal references
  5. Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Bragi inn gamli Boddason, Ragnarsdrápa 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 42.
  6. †Desmond Slay (ed.) 2017, ‘Hrólfs saga kraka 3 (Heiðr vǫlva, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 543.


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