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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Óldr 24I l. 4

jǫtuns — of the giant’s


jǫtunn (noun m.; °jǫtuns, dat. jǫtni; jǫtnar): giant


[4] jǫtuns: ‘j tvns’ Bb


[4] jǫtuns ‘the giant’s’: It is difficult to make sense of the ms. reading (prep. í ‘in’ + gen. sg. of tún n. ‘field’), and word-division errors are frequent in Bb. Emendation to jǫtuns yields a giantess-kenning which lacks exact parallels but conforms to the pattern of giant-heiti + kinship term (see Meissner 398-9).



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