WHAT A MAN IS THIS WHO ADDRESSES ME IN HOSTILE FASHION IN MY HALL?: INFLUENCES OF PRE-CHRISTIAN MYTHOLOGY AND CHRISTIANITY ON OLD NORSE POETRY (ANDREW MCGILLIVRAY)
McGillivray’s study of Vafþrúðnismál is published under the guise of a very exciting proposal, to explore this poem narrative frame and its elements, mainly the journey of the god Óðinn in his quest for knowledge, putting himself in danger when engaging in a duel of wits against the jotunn Vafþrúðnir. Staying close to the Codex Regius manuscript, held today at Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum), and in which most of the modern editions of the Poetic Edda draws its materials, the author proposes a literary study of it, bringing examples from other works of the eddic corpus, not only from Snorra Edda, where one can see the quotes and exchange of verses and ideas, but also from different eddic poems, like Völuspá, Grímnismál, going further on a point of reserving one of the last chapters to a comparative analysis of Alvissmál.
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