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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Forað Lv 1VIII (Ket 17)

[4] hvimleið búmönnum ‘loathsome to the farmers’: The first element of the cpd hvimleiðr is a variant of the dat. sg. hveim (indef. pron.: ‘to everyone’). In several other texts the statement that someone is ‘abominable to everyone’ forms part of a curse or imprecation, for example in HHj 25/2 (NK 145), where Helgi tells the giantess Hrímgerðr that she is leið ... mannkyni ‘abominable to mankind’; cf. the curse in GrL ch. 2 (FSGJ 2, 193).


  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. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  4. Internal references
  5. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Gríms saga loðinkinna’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 288.
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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