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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Anonymous Poems, 2. Nóregs konungatal, 21 [Vol. 2, 775]

[4] faðmis (m. gen. sg.) ‘snake’: Skj B and Skald emend ‘fadmnis’ (or ‘fadmins’; the word is difficult to read) to Fáfnis ‘Fáfnir’s’, i.e. the snake killed by Sigurðr the Dragon-slayer (see Fáfn in NK 180-8). In LP (faðmins) Finnur Jónsson regards ‘faðmins’ as a scribal error for faðmnis (gen. of faðmnir). Fáfnir and faðmir are variant forms of Proto-Scandinavian *faðmnir ‘snake’ (lit. ‘the one who encloses’; see AEW: faðmr), and the variant form faðmir also occurs in Háttalykill (RvHbreiðm Hl 7/3III and 47/3III).


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