A title applied to two different collections of old Norse literature, the poetical or "Elder Edda" and the prose or "Younger Edda".Properly speaking the title belongs only to the latter work, having been given to the former through a misnomer. It is not too much to say that this scholar has restored our confidence in the validity of Norse tradition as it is ex- pressed in the literary records of Iceland. Genzmer, Arkiv for nordisk Filologi, 63, 1948, 64 ff.

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Some scholars derive the word from Oddi, the name of a place in southern Iceland, where Snorri received his earliest training.

The work itself was intended to supply to the skald all the necessary information concerning mythology, poetic diction, and versification.

Myth and Religion of the North The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia E. The nine wuldortanas could well imply rune-staves, or staves with runes cut on them. It would be natural to suppose that the name Os was Latin, and meant ‘mouth’, as it may well have done for the man who gave the poem its present shape, But the corresponding lines of the late Ice- landic Runic Poem 10 read : Css er aldinn Gautr Css is the ancient Gautr, ok Asgar Ss jgfurr, prince of Asgar5, ok valhallar visi. In the latter case, 6ss was equivalent to dss (god), and designated C5inn.

TURVILLE-PETRE GREENWOOD PRESS, PUBLISHERS WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Turville -Petrs, Edward Oswald Gabriel. Among many, I would particularly like to name Einar a nseddran Jwet heo on VIIII tofleah. For Woden took nine glory-twigs, he smote then the adder that it flew apart in nine parts.

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The celebration of Magnus’s feast days (the natalitio and the translatio) seems to have been officially introduced in the Scottish and the Norwegian liturgy as late as in the fifteenth century (WALLIN 1961, 341; GJERLØW 1968, 75-77), in Scotland in 1472, when the Orkneys was placed under the metropolitan of St. There was a Latin Vita, now lost, and a legend transmitted in two versions. Magnus is well served in the Old Norse corpus in Orkneyinga saga and his two separate sagas.

Underlying these accounts, however, is a Latin Life of the saint, Vita Sancti Magni, which also provided the material for the two versions of the Legenda Sancti Magni. Magnus of Orkney is only attested directly in Magnúss saga lengri (The Longer Magnus Saga), which was composed in Old Norse in the fourteenth century and preserved in eighteenth-century paper manuscripts (AM 350 4°, AM 351 4° and AM 352 4°). Around that time Rögnvaldr Kali Kolsson, earl of Orkney, began to actively patronise the cult of St.

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