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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to GizGrý Lv 5VIII (Heiðr 113)

[7-8]: Cf. Vsp 24/1-2 (NK 6): Fleygði Óðinn | oc í fólc um scaut ‘Óðinn let fly [a spear] and shot [it] into the troop’. There are a number of examples of Óðinn consecrating an enemy army to himself by shooting a spear over their troop, or of human participants consecrating an army to Óðinn by doing the same: see e.g. Eyrb ch. 44 (ÍF 4, 122): En er flokkrinn Snorra gekk neðan skriðuna, þá skaut Steinþórr spjóti at fornum sið til heilla sér yfir flokk Snorra ‘And when Snorri’s troop went up the scree, Steinþórr shot a spear over Snorri’s troop for luck according to the ancient custom’. See also ARG II, 49 (§376), Turville-Petre (1964, 47). Line 7 is unmetrical with svá Óðinn being extrametrical.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Turville-Petre, Gabriel. 1964. Myth and Religion of the North. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
  3. 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.
  4. ÍF 4 = Eyrbyggja saga. Ed. Einar Ólafur Sveinsson and Matthías Þórðarson. 1935.
  5. ARG = Vries, Jan de. 1956-7. Altgermanische Religionsgeschichte. 2 vols. 2nd edn. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite ()


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