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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. 1. Bjúgar vísur (Bjúgvís) - 1

not in Skj

2.2: Bjúgar vísur (‘Bent verses’) — Anon BjúgvísIII

Tarrin Wills 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Bjúgar vísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 532. <> (accessed 26 May 2022)


Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [3]. Bjúgar vísur, et digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 626, BI, 634); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Gramm, TGT

SkP info: III, 532

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


The title of this fragment (Anon Bjúgvís) given here derives from the A ms. of TGT, which introduces the fragment thus (TGT 1927, 64): Sínalimphe tekr ór annan raddar-staf, ef ii. raddar-stafir standaz hit næsta í tveim samstǫfum sem í bjúgum vísum (W has only sem hér) ‘Synaloephe omits a second vowel if two vowels stand together in two syllables, as in Bjúgar vísur’. The phrase should mean ‘bent verses’ and is taken as the title of a poem by earlier editors. ONP: bjúgr suggests that this is not a title but rather a description of the type of verse in which synaloephe can occur, ‘?flexible, pliable (capable of adapting itself to the verse-form)’. This is quite likely: adjectives do not seem to be used as the first element in poem titles. The interpretation of bjúgar vísur as a title is, however, retained here. The fragment is preserved in mss A (main ms. for this edn) and W of TGT.

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