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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. 1. Bjarkamál in fornu (Bjark) - 7

not in Skj

2.1: Bjarkamál in fornu (‘The (Old) Speeches of Bjarki’) — Anon BjarkIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Bjarkamál in fornu’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 495. <> (accessed 5 July 2022)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [X]: II. A. Bjarkamál en fornu (AI, 180-1, BI, 170-1)

in texts: Fbr, Flat, Hkr, LaufE, LaufE, ÓH, ÓHHkr, Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 495

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1 Dagrs upp kominn;
dynja hana fjaðrar;
máls vílmǫgum
at vinna erfiði.
Vaki æ ok vaki,
vina hǫfuð,
allir inir œztu
Aðils of sinnar.
Day has broken; the rooster’s feathers rustle; it is time for the sons of toil [SERVANTS] to get to work. Wake now and wake, friends, all the noblest companions of Aðils.
2 Hár inn harðgreipi,
Hrólfr skjótandi,
ættum góðir menn,
þeirs ekki flýja,
vekka yðr at víni
né at vífs rúnum,
heldr vekk yðr at hǫrðum
Hildar leiki.
Hár the Hard-gripper, Hrólfr the Shooter, men of good lineage, who do not flee, I do not wake you for wine nor for a woman’s private conversation, rather I wake you for the hard play of Hildr <valkyrie> [BATTLE].
3 Hniginns í hadd jarðar
Hrólfr inn stórláti.
Hrólfr the Munificent has sunk into the hair of the earth [GRASS].
4 Gramr inn gjǫflasti
gœddi hirð sína
Fenju forverki,
Fáfnis miðgarði,
Glasis glóbarri,
Grana fagrbyrði,
Draupnis dýrsveita,
dúni Grafvitnis.
The most munificent prince enriched his retinue with Fenja’s <giantess’s> toil [GOLD], Fáfnir’s <dragon’s> land [GOLD], Glasir’s <grove’s> glowing foliage [GOLD], Grani’s <horse’s> fair burden [GOLD], Draupnir’s <mythical ring’s> precious sweat [GOLD], Grafvitnir’s <snake’s> feather-bed [GOLD].
5 Ýtti ǫrr hilmir
— aldir við tóku —
Sifjar svarðfestum,
svelli dalnauðar,
tregum Otrs gjǫldum,
tôrum Mardallar,
eldi Órunar,
Iðja glysmôlum.
The generous prince distributed – the men received [it] – Sif’s <goddess’s> scalp-cords [HAIR > GOLD], ice of the bow-compulsion [ARM > SILVER], the reluctant payment for Otr [GOLD], the tears of Mardǫll <= Freyja> [GOLD], the fire of Órun <river> [GOLD], the shining speeches of Iði <giant> [GOLD].
6 Gladdi gunnveitir
— gengum fagrbúnir —
Þjaza þingskilum
þjóðir hermargar,
Rínar rauðmalmi,
rógi Niflunga,
vísi inn vígdjarfi;
vakði hann Baldr þeygi.
The battle-granter [WARRIOR], the battle-bold prince, gladdened the very numerous troops – we went beautifully adorned – with Þjazi’s <giant’s> assembly declarations [GOLD], with the red metal of the Rhine <river> [GOLD], with the strife of the Niflungar <legendary heroes> [GOLD]; he did not wake Baldr at all.
7 Svá skalk hann kyrkja
sem inn kámleita
véli viðbjarnar
veggja aldinna.
Thus I shall throttle him like the dark betrayer of the wood-bear of old walls [MOUSE > CAT].
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