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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Mv I 24VII

[4] völna ‘shrivel, wither’: This is a hap. leg. It is most likely cognate with OE wealwian ‘dry up, shrivel, wither, decay’ (ModE dial. wallow) and ModNorw. valen ‘numb from cold’ (cf. the parallels ON fǫlna ‘grow pale, shrivel, decay’ and OE fealwian ‘become fallow, fade, wither’). See NN §2868 and AEW: vǫlna.


  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. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.


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