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Ásbjǫrn (Ásb)

volume 8; ed. Peter Jorgensen;

VIII. Ævikviða (Ævkv) - 9

Ævikviða — Ásb ÆvkvVIII (OStór)

Peter Jorgensen (forthcoming), ‘ Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 22 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 

SkP info: VIII, 611

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4 — Ásb Ævkv 4VIII (OStór 7)

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Cite as: Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar 7 (Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 611.

Annat var, þá er inni.
Ormr at Hildar stormi
gekk enn gráðgum blakki
Geitis sylg at veita.
Rekk at rómu dökkri
raunmargan gaf vargi
seggr ok sárt nam höggva
svinnr at Ífu minni.

Annat var, þá er inni. Ormr gekk enn at {stormi Hildar} at veita {gráðgum blakki Geitis} sylg. Svinnr seggr gaf vargi raunmargan rekk at dökkri rómu ok nam höggva sárt at minni Ífu.

It used to be different, when inside. Ormr went again to {the storm of Hildr <valkyrie>} [BATTLE] to give a drink {to the greedy horse of Geitir <giant>} [WOLF]. The swift warrior gave very many a man to the wolf in dark battle and dealt hard blows at the mouth of the Ífa.

Mss: Flat(70va), 2845(23v), 554h βˣ(63v) (OStór)

Readings: [3] enn: ek 2845, 554h βˣ;    gráðgum: ‘af bräkuðum’ 554h βˣ    [4] Geitis: ‘gellur’ 554h βˣ;    sylg: sigling 554h βˣ    [5] Rekk at: rak eg 554h βˣ    [6] raun‑: ‘run’ 2845;    gaf: om. 2845, vel 554h βˣ    [7] ok: om. 554h βˣ;    nam höggva: ‘mun sǫggva’ 554h βˣ    [8] svinnr: ‘suinz’ 2845;    Ífu: jǫfu 554h βˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 18. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar IV 4: AII, 343-4, BII, 366, Skald II, 198, NN §185; ÓT 1689, 13, Fms 3, 219Flat 1860-8, I, 528, Þorleifur Jónsson 1904, 213, Guðni Jónsson 1935, 184 (ch. 7), Guðni Jónsson 1946-9, 11, 457-8 (ch. 7), Faulkes 2011b, 70 (ch. 7) (OStór).

Notes: [2-3] gráðgum blakki Geitis ‘to the greedy horse of Geitir <giant> [WOLF]’: Usually determinants of wolf-kennings of this type are names for giantesses rather than male giants. Geitir is given as the name of one of Ásbjǫrn’s companions in OStór 10/8.  It appears as a giant name in Þul Jotna I 3/3III and as a sea-king name in Þul Sækonunga 1/7III. — [5] rekk ‘man’: Skj B and Skald emend rekk to rökk ‘it grew dark’, producing an aðalhending, though in an odd line. — [8] at minni Ífu ‘at the mouth of the Ífa’: The river Ífa is unknown and is otherwise only mentioned in Anon Krm 4/5. The form minni ‘mouth, estuary’ is a late alternative to mynni, with the same meaning.

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