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Note to Eil Þdr 16III

[8] áttruðr Suðra ‘the relative of Suðri <dwarf> [GIANT]’: Lit. ‘family-bush of Suðri’. It seems odd that a giant is called the relative of a dwarf. Suðri is a dwarf who, along with three other dwarfs, Austri, Vestri and Norðri, supports the arc of the heavens (Gylf, SnE 2005, 12; see also Þul Dverga 2/6). Both giants and dwarfs reside in caves and mountains, however (cf. Davidson 1983, 640), and in some cases names of dwarfs are also attested as names of giants (e.g. Litr, see Note to Þul Dverga 6/2).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Davidson, Daphne L. 1983. ‘Earl Hákon and his Poets’. D. Phil. thesis. Oxford.
  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 Not published: do not cite (GylfIII)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. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Dverga heiti 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 695.
  7. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Dverga heiti 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 704.

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