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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Á 5III/5 — Víð ‘Víð’

Gilling ok Níl,         Ganges, Tvedda,
Luma, vervaða,         Leira ok Gunnþró,
Víð, Svǫl, Vegsvinn,         yn, Þjóðnuma,
Fjǫrm, Strǫnd ok Spé         ok Fimbulþul.

Gilling ok Níl, Ganges, Tvedda, Luma, vervaða, Leira ok Gunnþró, Víð, Svǫl, Vegsvinn, yn, Þjóðnuma, Fjǫrm, Strǫnd ok Spé ok Fimbulþul.

Gilling and Nile, Ganges, Tweed, Luma, one waded by men, Loire and Gunnþró, Víð, Svǫl, Vegsvinn, yn, Þjóðnuma, Fjǫrm, Strǫnd and Spey and Fimbulþul.


[5] Víð Svǫl: ið svǫl A, ‘[…] suo᷎l’ B, ‘id suo᷎l’ 744ˣ


[5] Víð, Svǫl: Lit. ‘wide one, cold one’ (both f. nom. sg.). So , C (spelled as a cpd in R). Both Víð and Svǫl are names of mythical rivers (Grí 27/1, 3 and SnE 2005, 9, 33; see also Víð in st. 1/3 above). Skj B (and Skald) adopts the A, 744ˣ variant ið svǫl ‘repeated cool one’, which may be interpreted as ‘very cold one’. Finnur Jónsson (1933-4, 268) has Víð, Svǫl, and Faulkes (SnE 1998, II, 518) gives Viðsvǫl or Víðsvǫl.



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