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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 12. Lausavísur, 27 [Vol. 1, 733]

[2] munvágs ‘of the delightful wave’: The cpd could also mean ‘soul-wave, mind-wave’ (so LP (1913-16), but cf. Meissner 60); or the Flat reading munn- , which could plausibly also underlie mun- and menn-, would give ‘mouth-wave’. The mss read vígs and vigrs for -vágs (the emendation first suggested in Nj 1875-8, II, 399), and Kock (NN §2295) takes them instead as corruptions of viggs (so, tentatively, Jón Skaptason 1983, 328), which, according to a þula (Þul Skipa 4III), may mean ‘ship’. But the normal meaning of vigg is ‘horse’ and poetry is called a dwarf’s ship rather than a dwarf’s horse (SnE 1998, I, 11). On poetry-kennings alluding to the myth of the mead of poetry, see Note to Eskál Vell 1 [All].


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