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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 26 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, 749

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16 — Anon Krm 16VIII

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Cite as: Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 749.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi.
Hverr þverr um annan;
glaðr varð geira hríðar
gaukr at sverða leiki.
Lét ei örn ylgi,
er Írlandi stýrði,
— mót varð málms ok rítar —
Marstan konungr fasta.
Varð í Veðrarfirði
valtafn gefit hrafni.


We hewed with the sword. Each man lay athwart another; {the cuckoo {of the storm of spears}} [BATTLE > RAVEN/EAGLE] became happy in {the game of swords}. [BATTLE] King Marstan, who ruled over Ireland, did not allow eagle or she-wolf to fast; a meeting of metal and shield came about. Corpse-prey was given to the raven in Waterford.

notes: This stanza is not found in 1824b and apparently not in 147 either: in both these mss, 1824b (80r-v) and 147 (108v), the text runs straight on to st. 17. It may however be noted that between sts 23 and 24 as preserved on fol. 103r of 147 there is space sufficient to accommodate one stanza and apparently containing text, which, however, Olsen (Ragn 1906-8, 188) could not read and which is still illegible.  — [3-4]: The present ed. follows the reading of the lines adopted by Finnur Jónsson (1905; Skj B) and by Kock (Skald). Previous eds from Rafn (1826) to Finnur Jónsson (1893b) inclusive follow here, reading: glaðr varð gera bróðir | getu við sóknar læti, i.e. bróðir gera varð glaðr getu við læti sóknar ‘the brother of the greedy one <wolf> became happy at [the prospect of nutritional] gain in the tumult of the onslaught’. — [7]: This line shows some verbal similarities to RvHbreiðm Hl 76/3III rít hykk malma meittu (variant reading: mættu) ‘I believe swords sliced (or met) the shield’.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: H. Krákumál 16 (AI, 645; BI, 652-3); Skald I, 319; Rafn 1826, 14-15, 127-30, Pfeiffer 1860, 125-6, CPB II, 343, Wisén 1886-9, I, 64, Krm 1891, 227, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 88, Finnur Jónsson 1905, 155.


UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 30v - 30v  image  
Worm 1636 (LR) 213 - 214 (Krm)  image  
UppsUB R 693x (R693x) 12r - 12r  
AM 6 folx (6x) 89r, 11 - 89r, 10 (Ragn)  image  
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