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As Elizabeth Jackson notes, there has often been skepticism toward lists in general in eddic verse, which are often regarded as interpolations; Jackson herself sees eddic poetry as "part of a literary tradition which regarded lists and listing techniques as natural to poetic art" with "a legitimate and important place in the poems in which they occur" (111).
Although eddic poetry is much more restrained than skaldic poetry with regard to certain types of rhetoric, the odd kenning does appear (Clunies Ross 103):
We may point out, however, that the role of myths and, in our context, German Eddic mythology has not been readily appreciated by all scholars.
Laghamon or 'Lawman' is a Scandinavian name; this onomastic fact, the strong connections between Old Norse-Icelandic and Old and early Middle English language and literature, and the fact that Laghamon is a poet working in an alliterative Germanic meter and poetic tradition, all make it appropriate to point out that the comparison of the enemies of the hero to goats driven mad by fear occurs in Eddic poetry.
Yet the poem is so infused with a Christian spirit that it lacks the grim fatality of many of the Eddic lays or the Icelanders' sagas.
To a certain extent, Snorri is developing motifs learned from the older Eddic poems that depicted the god as the butt of insult.
John Lindow also undertakes a philological analysis, in this case of Snorri's Eddic listing of the ranks of male and female gods, noting compelling parallels between the roles and numbers of 'subsidiary' gods and the ranks of Christian apostles and saints, possibly as a means for grafting a pre-Christian natural religion onto the ancestry of Christian Iceland.
Topics include a conceptual approximation of the notion of the Nordic idea, Nordic ideology and the SS, the Eddic Myth between academic and religious interpretations, Walter Baetke and The "Chasm of 1945," the oldest runes, Luther's views on the Jews, Sweden's reception of the Mannhem Society, a possible career path in Nordic studies in Nazi Germany, the cases of several scholars, dreams of the holy city, and the use of theories of religion in contemporary Asatru.
The story of The Hobbit was written, Tolkien said, "out of the leaf-mould of the mind" (Carpenter 178)--incorporating bits of such medieval works as Beowulf and the Eddic materials alongside references to contemporary works and even aspects of Tolkien's own biography--and the same might well have been true of the famous word itself, which he might have stumbled upon at some forgotten point: "one cannot exclude the possibility," he goes on to say to Green, "that buried childhood memories might suddenly rise to the surface long after."
Through these words, we begin to see that Eddic Jr.
Fulk, "An Eddic Analogue to the Scyld Scefing Story," RES 40 (1989): 313-22.
Skaldic (as opposed to eddic) verse was simply too difficult for late eighteenth-century tastes, offering acute problems of syntax as well as the complexities of the kenning system.