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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 1 [Vol. 1, 9]

[4] Fjǫlni ‘Fjǫlnir’: In Norwegian and Icelandic historiography (HN, Íslb and Hkr) Fjǫlnir, a son of (Yngvi)freyr, is fourth in the line of the Yngling kings. These sources most likely draw on Yt in their reporting. It is certain that Fjǫlnir is a mortal king in Yt, because it refers to him as siklingr ‘prince’ (Beyschlag 1950, 37; Baetke 1964, 85-8). Yet Fjǫlnir is also clearly one of Óðinn’s names in the Poetic Edda (Grí 47/5, Reg 18/7) and in several skaldic kennings (see LP: Fjǫlnir). On the etymology of Fjǫlnir and the relationship between the two appearances of the name, see Note to Þul Óðins 2/1III.

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