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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Guðbrandr í Svǫlum (Guðbr)

13th century; volume 4; ed. Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir;

III. Fragment (Frag) - 1

Skj info: Guðbrandr í Svǫlu(m?), Islænder, 13. årh (?) (AII, 129-13, BII, 137).

Skj poems:

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Guðbrandr is introduced in Hrafn without a patronymic and nothing is known about his life or family. A couplet in the Málskrúðsfræði in the Third Grammatical Treatise (3GT) by Ólafr hvítaskáld is attributed to a Guðbrandr and it has been suggested that he is the same poet that composed a helmingr about Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson (Finnur Jónsson, 1923, 169). In 3GT the couplet is introduced with the words sem Guðbrandr kvað í Svǫlu ‘As Guðbrandr composed in/from Svǫlu’. Finnur Jónsson was inclined to interpret Svǫlu or Svǫlum as a place name, but acknowledged that it could also be the name of a poem (1923, 169; 1927, 57), as Björn M. Ólsen suggested (1884, 194). The poet is called Guðbrandr í Svǫlum in Skj. Guðrún P. Helgadóttir proposed that the poet Guðbrandr could be the same man as Guðbrandr Gestsson who is mentioned in Hrafn in connection with ominous stanzas recited by a dream-man called Ingólfr (or Ingúlfr) earlier in the story (1987, xlii).

Fragment — Guðbr FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Guðbrandr í Svǫlum, Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 198. <> (accessed 20 May 2022)


Skj: Guðbrandr í Svǫlu(m?): (AII, 129-13, BII, 137)

SkP info: III, 198

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2 — Guðbr Frag 2III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Guðbrandr í Svǫlum, Fragment 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 198.

Upp setr mǫkk inn mikla
móðfjalls verǫld alla.

Inn mikla mǫkk setr upp {alla verǫld {móðfjalls}}.

The great cloud rises up {over the entire world {of the mind-mountain}} [HEART > BREAST].

texts: GrammSkáld 1 [1-1], TGT 41, Gramm 43

editions: Skj Guðbrandr í Svǫlu(m?): 2 (AII, 130; BII, 137); Skald II, 73, NN §1373; SnE 1848-87, II, 126-7, 397, 413, TGT 1884, 20, 82, 159, 193-4, TGT 1927, 57, 98.


AM 748 I b 4° (A*) 5r, 22 - 5r, 23 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 104, 22 - 104, 23 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A*) 1r, 2 - 1r, 2 (GrammSkáld)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 138r, 2 - 138r, 3  transcr.  image  
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