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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon (ÓTHkr) 1I

[5, 6] bǫndum bergsalar ‘the deities of the rock-hall [GIANTS]’: These may be equated with the landvættir (see Context). Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901, IV suggested that bergsalar meant ‘sky’. Kock (NN §1092) reads bergsalar with í landi ‘in the land’ rather than with bǫndum ‘deities’, suggesting that bergsalar land is Norway, from where the gods chase Birgir across the sea north of Denmark (mó Marnar in his interpretation, cf. Note to l. 1 Maurnis).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.


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