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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (SnE) 7III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Snorra Edda 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 517.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from Snorra Edda


This half-stanza (Anon (SnE) 7; anonymous in all mss) is preserved in mss R (main ms.), W, U, A and C of Skm (SnE). Finnur Jónsson (Skj) groups it with Anon (SnE) 5-6 under Om kampe og mod ‘About battles and bravery’ and assigns it to the tenth century, but such a dating cannot be established.

text and translation

Svá skaut gegn í gǫgnum
garð steinfarinn barða
— sá vas gnýstœrir geira
gunnar hæfr — sem næfrar.

Gegn skaut í gǫgnum {steinfarinn garð barða} svá sem næfrar; {sá {geira gný}stœrir} vas hæfr gunnar.
‘The capable one shot through the painted fence of the ship [SHIELD] as though [it were] birch-bark; that increaser of the din of spears [(lit. ‘din-increaser of spears’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] was able in battle.

notes and context

The helmingr is cited as one of many illustrations of kennings for ‘shield’ (SnE 1998, I, 69): Garðr skips, sem hér er ‘The fence of the ship, as here’.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [X], III. B. Om kampe og mod 3: AI, 184, BI, 173, Skald I, 93, NN §2983; SnE 1848-87, I, 426-7, II, 329, 440, 589, III, 80, SnE 1931, 151, SnE 1998, I, 69.


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