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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 76VII/1 — Bjúgvör ‘Bjúgvör’

Bjúgvör ok Listvör        sitja í Herðis dyrum
        organs stóli á;
járnadreyri        fellr ór nösum þeim;
        sá vekr fjón með firum.

Bjúgvör ok Listvör sitja á organs stóli í Herðis dyrum; járnadreyri fellr ór nösum þeim; sá vekr fjón með firum.

Bjúgvör and Listvör sit on an organ stool in Herðir’s doorway; iron blood falls from their nostrils; that awakens hatred among men.


[1] Bjúgvör: so papp15ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, Bingvör 166bˣ, Vingvör 738ˣ


[1] Bjúgvör ok Listvör ‘Bjúgvör and Listvör’: The names of these probably invented mythical female figures are transmitted in a number of variant forms. 166bˣ’s Bing- does not appear to be a likely or meaningful name element; papp15ˣ’s Bjúg- ‘bent’ gives a more plausible designation for a troll-like female. Other invented names in the sts which follow are equally prone to variation. It is not known whether these figures are pure inventions or were known from other contexts.



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