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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Elds heiti — Þul EldsIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Elds 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. 920.


Gims heiti vilk         greppum segja:
Ægis bróðir         ok élreka,
eldr, eimr, usli,         úði, skerkir,
hrǫtuðr ok hrótgandr,         hrímnir, eimi.
‘I will tell men the names for blaze: brother of Ægir <sea-giant> and of storm-driver, fire, smoke, conflagration, swarming, noise-maker, stumbler and roof-wolf, soot-maker, vapour.
Leygr, vafrlogi,         linnr ok farri,
brandr, fýr, túsi,         brími, nertill,
viti, eimyrja,         vélann, fasti,
funi, hyrr, fœðir,         fúrr ok eisa.
‘Flame, flickering flame, serpent and wanderer, fire, blaze, crackling one, burning, gnawing one, beacon, live coals, deceiver, fire, pyre, flare, feeder, bonfire and glowing embers.
Freki, olgr, seti,         feykir, ysja,
hrǫðuðr ok hǫrfir,         harkr, forbrennir,
hrapi, myln, logi,         hripuðr, aldrnari,
kyndr, bál, væginn,         kveykir ok búði.
‘Greedy one, noise-maker, sitter, rusher, bustler, hurrying one and retreating one, crackling one, destroyer, tumbling one, flash, flame, hastener, life-nourisher, kindled one, pyre, moving one, quickener and dweller.
Brísingr, brenna,         blossi, gneisti,
gnipall, glœðr, dúni,         geiri, tandri,
dunsuðr, dini,         dusill ok snæra;
nú eru sex tigir         seyðisheita.
‘Blaze, burning, flame, spark, high one, glowing one, storming one, flare, conflagration, thundering one, flickering one, glimmering one and crackling one; now sixty fire-names are [enumerated].

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