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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon (Vǫlsa) 8I

[1-4]: Cf. 4/2-3, where the bread of Edda, mother of the race of servants, is described in very similar terms as øcqvinn hleif, þungan ok þyccan ‘bulging loaf, heavy and thick’ (NK 280; Dronke 1997, 217; Kommentar III, 533-4). Dronke refers in this context to the Old English Riddle no. 45 (Krapp and Dobbie 1936, 205), which depicts the rising of dough as an analogue of sexual tumescence.


  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. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Dronke, Ursula, ed. and trans. 1997. The Poetic Edda. II: Mythological Poems. Oxford: Clarendon.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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