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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Forað Lv 4VIII (Ket 24)

[10] ok bráðliga gefit jarli ‘and at once be given [in marriage] to the jarl’: The saga does not give any background to this statement, but other texts provide examples of giantesses who aspire to marriage or an erotic relationship with a human man (e.g. HHj 24; see Kommentar IV, 512 to HHj 24/4-5; Schulz 2004, 199-203). Some previous eds (Skj B, Skald, FSGJ) adopt 471’s line ok brátt gefin jarli ‘and be given at once to the jarl’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  5. Schulz, Katja. 2004. Riesen: Von Wissenshütern und Wildnisbewohnern in Edda und Saga. Skandinavistische Arbeiten 20. Heidelberg: Winter.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite ()


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