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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 28 May 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, 724

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4 — Anon Krm 4VIII

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Cite as: Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 724.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi.
Heðins kvánar varð auðit,
þá er vér Helsingja heimtum
til heimsala Óðins.
Lögðum upp í Ívu;
oddr náði þá bíta;
öll var unda gjálfri
á sú roðin heitu.
Grenjaði brandr við brynjur
bensildr; klufuz skildir.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi. {Kvánar Heðins} varð auðit, þá er vér heimtum Helsingja til {heimsala Óðins}. Lögðum upp í Ívu; þá náði oddr bíta; öll sú á var roðin {heitu gjálfri unda}. Brandr grenjaði við brynjur, {bensildr}; skildir klufuz.

We hewed with the sword. {The woman of Heðinn <legendary hero>} [= Hildr (hildr ‘battle’)] was at hand when we brought the people of Hälsingland to {the dwellings of Óðinn <god>} [= Valhǫll]. We proceeded up the Ífa <river>; then the sword-point managed to bite; that whole river was reddened by {a hot surge of wounds} [BLOOD]. The sword roared on coats of mail, [as did] {wound-herrings} [ARROWS/SPEARS]; shields were cloven.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: H. Krákumál 4 (AI, 642; BI, 649-50); Skald I, 317; Rafn 1826, 4-5, 99-103, Pfeiffer 1860, 124, CPB II, 341, Wisén 1886-9, I, 62, Krm 1891, I, 225, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 86, Finnur Jónsson 1905, 153.


NKS 1824 b 4° (1824b) 79r - 79r (Ragn)  image  
AM 6 folx (6x) 86v, 10 - 86v, 20 (Ragn)  image  
UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 29r - 29r  image  
Worm 1636 (LR) 200 - 201 (Krm)  image  
UppsUB R 693x (R693x) 6r - 6r  
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