horse of wife of yggr of river-bone love

horse of wife of yggr of river-bone

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  • marr vífs Yggjar áleggjar

    Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld (Icelandic, 11th century): Magnúsdrápa, stanza 11:5-8

    at áleggjar Yggjar

    allnáttförull máttit,

    öld lá vítt, þótt vildi

    vífs marr yfir klífa.

    so that the often night-travelling horse of wife of Yggr of river-bone couldn't climb over (the heap of corpses), even though it wanted to. Bodies lay all over.

    áleggr "river-bone" (rock)

    Yggr áleggjar "Yggr of rock" (giant)

    víf Yggjar áleggjar "wife of giant" (giantess)

    marr vífs Yggjar áleggjar "horse of giantess" (wolf)

    The wolf, steed of giantesses, is here said to travel during the night.

    October 28, 2008