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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Heiti for waves — Þul WavesIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Heiti for waves’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 996.


Drǫfn skylr stál, þars stafni
straumfylgin þvær Bylgja;
Hefring brestr, en hristir
Himinglæva mar Vimrar.
Hrǫnn dregr grœn* ór grunni
gadd; svelr Blóðughadda;
elg venr Uðr ok Kolga
egghúfs við glym Dúfu.
‘Drǫfn washes the prow where the stream-following Bylgja rinses the stem; Hefring breaks and Himinglæva shakes the horse of Vimur <river> [SHIP]. The green Hrǫnn pulls the anchor-fluke from the bottom of the sea; Blóðughadda becomes cold; Uðr and Kólga accustom the elk of the sharp-edged hull [SHIP] to Dúfa’s din.

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