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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Orma heiti — Þul OrmaIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Orma heiti’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 927. <> (accessed 18 September 2021)


Skal ek eitrfáa         orma telja:
óinn ok Ófnir,         œlir, japra,
fúrr, flugdreki,         Fáfnir, óri,
fræningr ok áll,         feginn ok ornir.
‘I shall enumerate venomous serpents: fearful one and Ófnir, feeder, japra, fire, flying dragon, Fáfnir, raver, flashing one and eel, cheerful one and one warming itself.
Grafvitnir, fánn,         Góinn, holtskriði,
grafningr, grettir,         Grábakr, trani,
grímr ok grafþvengr,         gargan, eitrungr,
hringr, holdvarinn,         haugvarðr, dreki.
‘Grafvitnir, gleaming one, Góinn, grove-slider, digger, grimacer, Grábakr, crane, masked one and digging-belt, shrieking one, poisonous one, ring, flesh-wary one, mound-watcher, dragon.
Níðhǫggr, náinn,         niðr, holdvari,
langbarðr, lýðir,         linnr, heiðbúi,
strykr, steinbúi,         stýrir, Sváfnir,
snákr, scorpion,         sneldingr, naðra.
‘Níðhǫggr, corpse-like one, descendant, flesh-wary one, long-bearded one, lýðir, serpent, heath-dweller, striped one, stone-dweller, ruler, Sváfnir, snake, scorpion, wicked one, viper.
Liðr, japr, bráinn,         linni, stefningr,
snillingr, viðnir,         serfr ok vinduðr,
ráðr, rábia,         reimir, seimir,
Móinn, dalginna         ok Miðgarðsormr.
‘Serpent, japr, flickering one, reptile, stefningr, swift one, forest-dweller, serfr and coiling one, ráðr, rábia, stringing one, glittering one, Móinn, dale-poisoner and Miðgarðsormr.

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