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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Brúðkaupsvísur (Brúðv) - 33

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Brúðkaupsvísur (‘Vísur about a Wedding’) — Anon BrúðvVII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Brúðkaupsvísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 527-53. <> (accessed 26 June 2022)

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SkP info: VII, 534-5

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8 — Anon Brúðv 8VII

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Cite as: Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 534-5.

Hlakkar gjörðiz hugþekkr
herðir (sem gietið verðr)
snotr fyrir sinn hátt
(síðar í bragsmíð),
því að dýrum dólg-Freyr
dáðum prýddi sitt ráð,
en lasta, vel víst,
vansa firðiz líf hans.

{Snotr herðir hlakkar} gjörðiz hugþekkr fyrir sinn hátt, sem verðr gietið síðar í bragsmíð, því að {dólg-Freyr} prýddi víst vel ráð sitt dýrum dáðum, en líf hans firðiz vansa lasta.

{The wise promoter of battle} [WARRIOR] became endeared for his conduct, as will be mentioned later in the poem, because {the battle-Freyr <god>} [WARRIOR] certainly adorned well his way of life with noble deeds, and his life was kept from the disgrace of vices.

Mss: 721(14r), 1032ˣ(100v), 399a-bˣ(3-4), 2166ˣ(4)

Readings: [6] prýddi: so 2166ˣ, ‘pryddi ⸜hann⸝’ 721, prýddi hann 1032ˣ, 399a‑bˣ

Editions: ÍM II, 131.

Notes: [1] gjörðiz hugþekkr ‘became endeared’: Presumably to the Virgin Mary. — [3] snotr ‘wise’: This is the reading of 721, and it is construed here as an adj. m. nom. sg. ‘wise’, but Jón Helgason thought that snót (f. acc./dat. sg.) ‘to the woman’ was probably the original reading. That would give good sense: herðir hlakkar gjörðiz hugþekkr snót fyrir sinn hátt ‘the promoter of battle became dear to the woman for his conduct’. — [7-8]: It is possible to read ll. 7-8 as a separate couplet: en víst firðiz líf hans vel vansa lasta ‘but for certain, his life was kept well from the disgrace of vices’.

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