góinn ‘the snake’: Góinn is given in Grí 34/4-5 (NK 64) as the name of a serpent, one of the sons of Grafvitnir (cf. first Note to st. 1/4 above), and is listed among heiti for serpents in Þul Orma 2/2III (see Note to that line) and among heiti for swords in Þul Sverða 9/7III. It occurs as the determinant in a few skaldic kennings for ‘gold’ (with the meaning ‘serpent’) and in one at least for ‘shield’ (with the meaning ‘sword’), see LP: góinn. It refers to a serpent here. The word is of uncertain origin; cf. AEW, ÍO: góinn.
- AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
- LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
- 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.
- ÍO = Ásgeir Blöndal Magnússon. 1989. Íslensk orðsifjabók. Reykjavík: Orðabók Háskólans.
- Internal references
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- Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sverða heiti’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 789.
- Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Orma heiti’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 927.