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And besides it seems strange that the sun, which already in the preceeding stanza was shining on salar steina (4/6), now does no longer know its salr. Many scholars find it difficult to see how stanza 5 is related to stanza 4, and some think it must have been interpolated. Ursula Dronke thinks lines 5-8 are interpolated, while the original lines are missing. These lost lines could have helped to make it clearer how this relates to an archaic concept of the cosmic mill, by which the heaven turns on the world pillar (Dronke 1997: 116).

1991 am Weißenhäuser Strand, Ed. : Lang, 1993), p. 113. 11th International Saga Conference 47 already famous in the early Middle Ages and has, for example, influenced some of the episodes in the German Kaiserchronik (ca. 1150). The saga’s bridal-quest tale, however, does not bear much resemblance to the romance. Since the tale is located in Franconia and shares several motifs with the German minstrel epics, it is possible that it circulated as an independent tale in Franconia before it was incorporated into the saga.

11th International Saga Conference 39 Before I turn to the next story, I would like to comment briefly on two elements that suggest the further development of this relation. Stanza 100 tells of vígdrótt ƒll um vakin which is contrasted by saldrótt um sofin in the next stanza (101/3). The ‘fighting troop all awake’ has become a ‘sleeping household’, or, the struggle has come to an end. And finally the poem also tells us that the ‘good woman’ is replaced by a ‘bitch’. I think this bitch tied to the bed should be understood methaphorically, figuring a bit of the same state as the ‘sleeping household’.

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