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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 18 May 2022)

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SkP info: VII, 537

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11 — Anon Brúðv 11VII

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Cite as: Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 537.

Rekka bjóz fúss flokkr
fara, sá er boðið var,
til brullaups brynsvells
beiðis og kom á leið.
Enn kunni hann saung sinn,
(seima) á degi þeim
tíða var ei greitt gáð
(gætir hafði dvalið mætr).

Fúss flokkr rekka, sá er var boðið, bjóz fara til brullaups {beiðis {brynsvells}} og kom á leið. Hann kunni enn saung sinn á þeim degi; {mætr gætir seima} hafði dvalið; tíða var ei greitt gáð.

The eager party of men who were invited prepared to go to the wedding feast {of the demander {of the mail-coat ice}} [SWORD > WARRIOR] and set off on their way. He still performed his chanting on that day; {the excellent guardian of gold} [MAN] had tarried; his devotions were [lit. was] not readily heeded.

Mss: 721(14v), 1032ˣ(101v-102v), 399a-bˣ(5), 2166ˣ(5)

Readings: [4] beiðis: beiðir 721

Editions: ÍM II, 131.

Notes: [All]: Thanks are due to Ólafur Halldórsson for helping making sense of this st. — [3] brullaups ‘wedding feast’: As Jón Helgason pointed out, the form brullaups in 399a-bˣ and 2166ˣ is required to form a skothending with brynsvells (-ull- : -ell-) and is adopted here. 721 has the form ‘brvd laups’. The variants brúðhlaup and brullaup existed in ON from an early date (ANG §§268.4, 294). — [4] beiðis ‘of the demander’: Beiðir in all mss, emendation on syntactical grounds suggested by Jón Helgason. — [7] tíða var ei greitt gáð ‘his devotions were not readily heeded’: The significance of this cl. is explained as the story continues in the following st., when the groom-to-be falls asleep during his devotions, paying no heed to the prayer.

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