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7. Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð, 77 [Vol. 7, 351]

[1] Óðins kván ‘Óðinn’s wife’: Frigg, or conceivably Freyja, as Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 59) and Paasche (1914a, 158) suggest. Both goddesses are associated with Venus in homiletic writing, both in ON and OE, symbolising sexual desire. Ælfric of Eynsham names Frigg as þære sceamleasan gydenan ‘the shameless goddess’ (Pope 1967-8, 686); Freyja is noted as Freyja portkona ‘Freyja the whore’ in Heilagra manna søgur (Unger 1877, I, 417; II, 233).


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