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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 9 [Vol. 1, 22]

[2] Agna ‘Agni’s’: The pers. name Agni is in ONorw. and OIcel. only attested as the Yngling king’s name, but in OSwed. it is found in two runic inscriptions from Uppland (Peterson 2007, 17). In Yt, Agni is first in the series of Swedish Yngling kings whose names alliterate on initial vowels (see Introduction). By contrast, HN (2003, 76) makes him a son of Alrekr, who is the first in the series. The lack of reliable sources makes any certainty about Agni’s historicity impossible. Evans (1981, 105) assumes his existence to have been inferred from the p. n. Agnafit, found in Yng and in HN (2003, 76).


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