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Note to Anon Sól 22VII

[3] Rýgjardal ‘valley of the ogress’: On the scribal form, see ANG §203.2. This highly appropriate and alliteratively correct, though elsewhere unattested, p. n. is frequently substituted with actual place names, e.g. Eyrardal in papp15ˣ, or Eyjardal in other mss. There is an Eyrardalur in Suður-Múlasýsla and another in Vestur Ísafjarða-sýsla; Eyjadalur is in the Eyjafjörður district (see Icelandic Gazetteer: Geographical Information System <>).


  1. Bibliography
  2. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.


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