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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, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Krákumál’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 706.

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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, 762

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22 — Anon Krm 22VIII

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Cite as: Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 762.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi.
Hví sé drengr at feigri,
at hann í odda éli
öndurðr látinn verði?
Opt sýtir sá ævi,
er aldrigi nistir
— ilt kveða argan eggja —
örn at sverða leiki.
Hugblauðum kemr hvergi
hjarta sitt at gagni.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi. Hví sé drengr at feigri, at hann verði látinn öndurðr í {éli odda}? Sá, er aldrigi nistir örn at {leiki sverða}, sýtir opt ævi; kveða ilt eggja argan. Hugblauðum kemr hjarta sitt hvergi at gagni.

We hewed with the sword. Why should a fellow be any the more likely to die, because he is placed in the front line in {the shower of spear-points} [BATTLE]? He who never feeds the eagle in {the game of swords} [BATTLE] often regrets his life; they say it’s a troublesome business egging on a coward. The heart of a cowardly man is never of any use to him.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: H. Krákumál 22 (AI, 647; BI, 654); Skald I, 320; Rafn 1826, 18-19, 139-42, Pfeiffer 1860, 126, CPB II, 343-4, Wisén 1886-9, I, 65, Krm 1891, 227-8, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 89-90, Finnur Jónsson 1905, 156; Ragn 1906-8, 188.

sources

NKS 1824 b 4° (1824b) 80v - 80v [1-5] (Ragn)  image  
AM 147 4° (147) 108v - 108v (Ragn)  image  image  
AM 6 folx (6x) 90r, 21 - 90v, 5 (Ragn)  image  
UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 31r - 31r [5-10]  image  
Worm 1636 (LR) 219 - 220 (Krm)  image  
UppsUB R 693x (R693x) 15r - 15r  
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