Re: [tied] tungel, tungel, little star

From: HÃ¥kan Lindgren
Message: 14298
Date: 2002-08-12

Re: [tied] tungel, tungel, little star
In which other languages more than old Swedish is this word common?

I associate this word with an Icelandic fairy tale I read long ago. A troll or similar monster challenges a man in a poetry contest. The man must say a line that rhymes with the troll's line of poetry, or he will be eaten alive. The troll says a line of poetry that ends in "tungl", for which there is no rhyming word in Icelandic (so the story goes). The man wins anyway, for he says "I throw you down this cliff with my 'ungl-'". "Ungleggur" is the part of the arm below the elbow.

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