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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÁKet Sverr 1III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Ásgrímr Ketilsson, Poem about Sverrir 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 14.

Ásgrímr KetilssonPoem about Sverrir1

text and translation

Sigrgœðir vas síðan
seimǫrr í Þrándheimi
(þjóð veit þínar íðir)
þann orms trega (sannar).

{Seimǫrr sigrgœðir} vas síðan í Þrándheimi {þann trega orms}; þjóð veit sannar íðir þínar.
‘The gold-generous victory-increaser [WARRIOR] was then in Trøndelag that grief of the snake [WINTER]; people know your true deeds.

notes and context

In all mss the half-stanza is cited to illustrate a kenning for ‘winter’ (tregi orms ‘grief of the snake’).



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: Ásgrímr Ketilsson, Af et digt om kong Sverre(?): AI, 540, BI, 521, Skald I, 254; SnE 1848-87, I, 332-3, II, 318, 531, III, 55, SnE 1931, 119, SnE 1998, I, 39; LaufE 1979, 308, 400.


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