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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to GunnLeif Merl II 21VIII (Bret 21)

[2] hlezk ... aldini ‘will load himself … with fruit’: Merl 2012 seeks a source for this motif in the Physiologus (Curley 2009, 24), which describes the hedgehog as collecting food for his young by rolling in fallen grapes so that they are skewered by his quills; to be noted, though, is that the fruit collected by the hedgehog-king is identified in DGB and, following him, Merl, as apples.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Curley, Michael J., trans. 2009. Physiologus: A Medieval Book of Nature Lore. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  3. Merl 2012 = Horst, Simone, ed. 2012. Merlínússpá. Merlins Prophezeiung. Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag.


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