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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Stefnir Lv 1I

[3-4]: Cf. OSnorr Lv 1/3-4 curuus est deorsum | nasus in apostato, with the same or similar meaning. The juxtaposition of treachery and a notably curved nose is believed by some scholars to resonate with the archetypal Jewish traitor, Judas. Baetke (1970), believing the stanza to be a C13th creation, saw this as part of Oddr’s Christological scheme in which Sigvaldi is modelled on Judas, while Andersson argues that even if there is influence from Christian iconography it is not incompatible with authorship by Stefnir (2003, 147, cf. 22-5, responding to Baetke). Andersson (2003, 22) also notes the parallel niðrbiúgt er nef in 10/5 (NK 281); in that poem, elusive of date, the hooked nose is an attribute of the thrall-woman Þír, along with muddy feet and sunburnt arms.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Andersson, Theodore M., trans. 2003. The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason: Oddr Snorrason. Islandica 52. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  3. 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.
  4. Baetke, Walter. 1970. ‘Die Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar des Oddr Snorrason und die Jómsvíkinga Saga’. In Werner et al. 1970, 1-18. Rpt. in Baetke 1973, 301-18.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite ()
  7. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Oddr Snorrason, Lausavísa 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 891.


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