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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Rloð Lv 5VIII (Ragn 9)

[6] boði undleygs ‘a profferer of the wound-flame [SWORD > WARRIOR]’: CPB and Ragn 1891 both read unnleygs ‘of the wave-flame [GOLD]’, here (cf. Anon Gyð 2/2VII), thus making Ragnarr’s son Sigurðr a generous dispenser of gold. This would certainly be consistent with what is said of him in ll. 7-8 (see below), but the ‑dl- spelling is confirmed by both 1824b and 147. While Rafn (FSN) retains the 1824b reading yndleygs, which does not yield a satisfactory meaning, all subsequent eds apart from CPB and Valdimar Ásmundarson (Ragn 1891) read undleygs. On kennings of the ‘wave-fire’ type for gold, see Turville-Petre (1976, xlix-l), and Clunies Ross (1987, 138-50).


  1. Bibliography
  2. FSN = Rafn, Carl Christian, ed. 1829-30. Fornaldar sögur nordrlanda. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Clunies Ross, Margaret. 1987. Skáldskaparmál: Snorri Sturluson’s ars poetica and Medieval Theories of Language. VC 4. [Odense]: Odense University Press.
  4. CPB = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and F. York Powell, eds. 1883. Corpus poeticum boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon. Rpt. 1965, New York: Russell & Russell.
  5. Turville-Petre, Gabriel. 1976. Scaldic Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon.
  6. Ragn 1891 = 2nd edn (pp. 175-224) of Ragn as ed. in Valdimar Ásmundarson 1885-9, I.
  7. Internal references
  8. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 518-19.


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