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Note to Sigv Austv 6I

[7] Ǫlvir: Hollander favours an etymology of *aluwīhaz ‘guardian, or priest, of a fane’ and suggests an ironic allusion to the nearly homonymous ǫlværr ‘hospitable’ (Hollander 1945, 155 n., following de Vries 1932-3, 171-2, 176-8, who argued that coincidence was implausible). The incident is thus to that extent fictitious and the name chosen solely for its entertainment value. For objections to this view see Ellekilde (1933-4, 183-5) and for a reply, see de Vries (1933-4, 292-3).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Hollander, Lee M. 1945. The Skalds: A Selection of their Poems, with Introduction and Notes. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  3. Ellekilde, Hans. 1933-4. ‘Om Sigvat skjalds Alfeblotsstrofer og Alfhildsagnet i Hervararsaga’. APS 8, 182-92.
  4. Vries, Jan de. 1932-3. ‘Über Sigvats Álfablót-Strophen’. APS 7, 169-80.
  5. Vries, Jan de. 1933-4. ‘Endnu en gang om Sighvats Alfeblotstrofer’. APS 8, 292-4.


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