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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sturl Hákkv 14II

[2] ýg*shjálmi ‘the helmet of terror’: The ms. readings, which can be normalised as ýgishjálmi (so E, F, 42ˣ, 8) or ægishjálmi (so 81a), render the l. hypermetrical. The helmet of terror (œgishjálmr) belonged to the dragon Fáfnir, and it was among the booty taken by Sigurðr after he had slain the dragon (see Fáfn 16-19 and end prose; NK 183, 188). See also Sturl Hryn 8/8.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite ()
  5. Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 8’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 685.


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