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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

III. 3. Stanzas from Snorra Edda (SnE) - 18

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2.1: Stanzas from Snorra Edda — Anon (SnE)III

Kari Ellen Gade, Margaret Clunies Ross and Matthew Townend 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Stanzas from Snorra Edda’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 512. <> (accessed 22 September 2021)

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SkP info: III, 517

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7 — Anon (SnE) 7III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Snorra Edda 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 517.

This half-stanza (Anon (SnE) 7; anonymous in all mss) is preserved in mss R (main ms.), W, U, A and C of Skm (SnE). Finnur Jónsson (Skj) groups it with Anon (SnE) 5-6 under Om kampe og mod ‘About battles and bravery’ and assigns it to the tenth century, but such a dating cannot be established.

Svá skaut gegn í gǫgnum
garð steinfarinn barða
— sá vas gnýstœrir geira
gunnar hæfr — sem næfrar.


The capable one shot through {the painted fence of the ship} [SHIELD] as though [it were] birch-bark; {that increaser {of the din of spears}} [(lit. ‘din-increaser of spears’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] was able in battle.

context: The helmingr is cited as one of many illustrations of kennings for ‘shield’ (SnE 1998, I, 69): Garðr skips, sem hér er ‘The fence of the ship, as here’.

texts: Skm 237, SnE 239

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [X]: III. B. Om kampe og mod 3 (AI, 184; BI, 173); Skald I, 93, NN §2983; SnE 1848-87, I, 426-7, II, 329, 440, 589, III, 80, SnE 1931, 151, SnE 1998, I, 69.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 34r, 15 - 34r, 16 (SnE)  image  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 78, 1 - 78, 3 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 33r, 17 - 33r, 18 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 11r, 32 - 11r, 33 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 5v, 17 - 5v, 18 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 90v, 2 - 90v, 5 (Skáldatal)  image  
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