11) In ON eddic
verse, this is one of only two examples of it (the other being Volundarkvida 28, 4, in another poem which shows strong OE influences).
Other topics considered include the structure of the manuscript, oral-formulaic theory and Old Norse poetry, and eddic
verse and other Germanic poetry.
Shippey points out that the "riddling talk" recalls the Eddic
poem Fafnismal, where Sigurd "will not give his name, but replies riddlingly, calling himself both motherless and fatherless" (36).
The long-awaited second volume of Ursula Dronke's edition of eddic
poems has now appeared.
The topics include how to read written sagas from an oral culture, the oral-formulaic theory revisited, orality and literacy in Serbian Medieval literature, the eddic
oral art form performed in writing, and whether mixing oration recta and oratio obliqua indicates literacy or orality.
Elsewhere, Jochens's use of Eddic
mythological texts to `prove' pagan misogyny at times seems partial, but the brief section showing Snorri's downplaying of female roles in Gylfaginning, and his attempt to erase the powerful figure of the prophetess from Voluspa, is well argued.
The survey essays and bibliographies cover mythology and mythography, eddic
and skaldic poetry, kings' and family sagas, and Norse romance.