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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, 3. Magnússdrápa, 13 [Vol. 2, 223]

[6] veðr Hǫgna ‘the wind-storm of Hǫgni <legendary hero> [BATTLE]’: The name Hǫgni denotes three legendary figures in ON poetry, but if the reference is at all specific here, it might be to Hǫgni Gjúkason, the Burgundian hero, brother of Gunnarr, since Gjúki’s descendants are also mentioned in klæði ættar Gjúka ‘raiment of the offspring of Gjúki [ARMOUR]’ in Arn Hryn 9/6-7. Perhaps influenced by this clothing metaphor, Finnur Jónsson in Skj B printed Hǫgna væðr ‘Hǫgni’s garb [ARMOUR]’ in this st., but the graph <e> in the orthography of Hr and Flat does not usually stand for normalised <æ>; the form væðr is rejected by Kock in NN §823.


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