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Note to Án Lv 5VIII (Án 5)

[3] hvíthaddaðar ‘fair-haired’: This reading from 109a Iˣ and other mss is certainly correct; 343a has hvíthaddaraðar. The form ‑haddaðr ‘-haired’ is attested in other virtually synonymous compounds, which are used as epithets of girls and young women: e.g. bjarthaddað man ‘bright-haired maiden’, Gríp 33/6 (NK 169), bjarthadduð brúðr ‘bright-haired woman’, GunnLeif Merl I 77/7-8 and brúðir bleikhaddaðar ‘pale-haired women’, Gestumbl Heiðr 17/1-2 (Heiðr 64). There is a particular similarity between the last-named riddle and the stanza from Án in that this stanza poses a question or questions, and the second question (ostensibly) concerns a natural phenomenon (logn, see Note to l. 8), as Gestumbl Heiðr 17 (the answer to the riddle is ‘swans’) and several other riddles in Heiðr do.

References

  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. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite (ÁnVIII)
  5. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.
  6. Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 64 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 17)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 428.
  7. Not published: do not cite ()

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