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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 3II l. 4

ómynda — lacking bride-payment

lemma:

ómyndr (adj./verb p.p.): lacking bride-payment

readings:

[4] ómynda: ‘ymynda’ R, Tˣ, ‘ymy[…]da’ W, ‘o millda’ U, ‘jmynda’ B

notes:

[3-4] ómynda elju Rindar ‘the rival of Rindr <giantess> lacking bride-payment [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)]’: Rindr is the mother of Váli (SnE 1998, I, 19), and one of the numerous mistresses of Óðinn, hence a rival not only to his wife Frigg but also to another mistress, Jǫrð, goddess and personification of the earth (SnE 1998, I, 30, 35; see also Note to Anon Nkt 8/1, 2). The evidence for Rindr’s status (giantess or goddess) is somewhat ambivalent. Jǫrð here stands for a particular territory, taken by conquest and not paid for (ómynda), like a woman for whom no mundr, the customary payment from bridegroom to bride which legitimises the marriage, has been paid.

kennings:

grammar:

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