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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Poems, 1. Eiríksmál, 1 [Vol. 1, 1006]

[5] einherja ‘the einherjar’: These are the slain champions chosen to dwell in Valhǫll by Óðinn (Grí 8) and his agents the valkyries (Eyv Hák 1). They share a life of perpetual feasting and training in readiness to defend the gods (see st. 7 and SnE 2005, 21, 30, 32-4). The word seems to be compounded from einn ‘one’ and heri, pl. herjar ‘warrior(s)’, but the original sense is uncertain.


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