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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 25I l. 5

Hyr — of the fire


hyrr (noun m.): fire < hyrbaldr (noun m.)


[5] Hyr‑: hnig‑ all others


[5] hyr-Baldr ‘the Baldr <god> of the fire (lit. ‘fire-Baldr’)’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) adopts the reading hyr from Bb(112rb), departing from the ÓT version normally preferred in his edn. The ÓT reading is hnig-Baldr ‘sinking Baldr of white shields [WARRIOR]’, where the prefixed hnig- is odd in juxtaposition with a conventional shield-kenning. It could perhaps mean that the warrior lowers his shield as a sign of courage, but it seems more likely that hnig- is an error encouraged by hnig- in st. 24/3.



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