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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Sól 9VII

[All]: Unnarr and Sævaldi are the first of a number of characters in the poem whose quasi-allegorical names are apparently invented, though they may consist of pre-existing name elements such as -ulfr ‘-wolf’ or -ný (cf. AEW: -ný). (Sörli and Vígolfr in st. 20 as attested pers. names are the exception.) That four of the five exempla in the first section of Sól concern paired allegorically-named characters motivates Falk, following Bugge and Vigfússon, to move st. 80, with its isolated reference to Sváfr and Sváfrlogi to initial position in the poem (Falk 1914, 2). There is a comparable use of invented names in Fj.


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Falk, Hjalmar, ed. 1914a. Sólarljóð. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter II. Hist.-filos. kl. 7. 2 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  4. Internal references
  5. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sǫrla þáttr’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 785.
  6. Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357.
  7. Not published: do not cite ()


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