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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VIII. Krákumál (Krm) - 29

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Krákumál — Anon KrmVIII (Ragn)

Rory McTurk 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Krákumál’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 706. <> (accessed 25 June 2022)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: H. Krákumál, et islandsk digt fra 12. årh. (AI, 641-9, BI, 649-56)

SkP info: VIII, 738

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11 — Anon Krm 11VIII

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Cite as: Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 738.

The speaker continues his stanza-by-stanza account of battles in which he has fought, this time (with one or two conceivable exceptions, sts 12, 20) in the British Isles.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi.
Hundruðum frá ek liggja
á Eynæfis öndrum,
þar er Englanes heitir.
Siglðu vér til snerru
sex dægr, áðr lið felli;
áttum odda messu
við uppruna sólar.
Varð fyr várum sverðum
Valþjófr í styr hníga.


We hewed with the sword. I heard that they lay in hundreds on {the skis of Eynæfir} [SHIPS] at the place named Englanes. We were sailing into battle for three days before the troop fell; we conducted {a chant of sword-points} [BATTLE] at the rising of the sun. Valþjófr had to fall in battle before our swords.

notes: Of those Krm stanzas of which traces can now be read in the fragmentary text of 147, this is the one stanza of which Olsen (Ragn 1906-8, 187-9), in his diplomatic edn, was apparently unable to read any part. His reading ‘pruna solar’ (Ragn 1906-8, 187; cf. l. 8 of the present stanza) in fact reflects l. 8 of st. 13 as preserved in 147, where ll. 7-8 of st. 8 appear to be repeated as ll. 7-8 of st. 13, in place of st. 13/7-8 as preserved in all other mss. See the Readings and Notes to st. 8/7-8 above, and st. 13/7-8 below. — [5-7]: For Olsen’s (1933a) questionable argument that these lines, taken together with sts 15/10 and 18/7-8, show the influence of Sigv NesvI and Anon DarrV (Nj) and carry hints of Palm Sunday, see the Introduction.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: H. Krákumál 11 (AI, 644; BI, 651); Skald I, 318; Rafn 1826, 10-11, 115-17, Pfeiffer 1860, 125, CPB II, 342, Wisén 1886-9, I, 63, Krm 1891, 226, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 87-8, Finnur Jónsson 1905, 154.


NKS 1824 b 4° (1824b) 80r - 80r (Ragn)  image  
AM 147 4° (147) 108r - 108r (Ragn)  image  image  
AM 6 folx (6x) 88r, 7 - 88r, 16 (Ragn)  image  
UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 30r - 30r  image  
Worm 1636 (LR) 208 - 208 (Krm)  image  
UppsUB R 693x (R693x) 9v - 9v  
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