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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Kálfv 4III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Kálfsvísa 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 668.

Anonymous ÞulurKálfsvísa

text and translation

Bjǫrn reið Blakki         en Bíarr Kerti,
Atli Glaumi         en Aðils Slungni,
Hǫgni Hǫlkvi         en Haraldr Fǫlkvi,
Gunnarr Gota         en Grana Sigurðr.

Bjǫrn reið Blakki en Bíarr Kerti, Atli Glaumi en Aðils Slungni, Hǫgni Hǫlkvi en Haraldr Fǫlkvi, Gunnarr Gota en Sigurðr Grana.
‘Bjǫrn rode Blakkr and Bíarr Kǫrtr, Atli Glaumr and Aðils Slungnir, Hǫgni Hǫlkvir and Haraldr Fǫlkvir, Gunnarr Goti and Sigurðr Grani.

notes and context

After l. 6, ms. A adds Ullr ýmissum | en Óðinn Sleipni ‘Ullr [rode] various ones and Óðinn Sleipnir’, which is an independent innovation. That couplet has been retained in the mss of LaufE (and in RE 1665), but the scribes had problems understanding the word ýmissum ‘various ones’, which they took as a name for a horse (‘Jmisver’ papp10ˣ; ‘ymisuer’ 2368ˣ; ‘ymisver’ 743ˣ). 



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], I. II. Þulur: Kálfsvísa 4: AI, 651, BI, 657, Skald I, 322; SnE 1848-87, I, 484-5, II, 352, 459, 595, SnE 1931, 170, SnE 1998, I, 89; LaufE 1979, 275, 353, NK 320.


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