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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Bjarnar 1III

Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Bjarnar heiti 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. 895.

Anonymous ÞulurBjarnar heiti1

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Bjǫrn, bersi, bolmr,         bera, elgviðnir,
blájaxl, ísolfr         ok breiðvegi,
bestingr, bassi,         balti, hlébarðr,
úfr, frekr, vilnir,         jórekr, mǫsmi,
fetviðnir, húnn,         fress, vetrliði,
íugtanni, jalfuðr,         ifjungr, vilskarpr.

Bjǫrn, bersi, bolmr, bera, elgviðnir, blájaxl, ísolfr ok breiðvegi, bestingr, bassi, balti, hlébarðr, úfr, frekr, vilnir, jórekr, mǫsmi, fetviðnir, húnn, fress, vetrliði, íugtanni, jalfuðr, ifjungr, vilskarpr.
‘Bear, little bear, mighty one, she-bear, elk-forest-dweller, dark molar, ice-wolf and broad-fighter, haltered one, bassi, heavy-stepper, hlébarðr, gruff one, greedy one, vilnir, horse-powerful one, mǫsmi, fetviðnir, bear-cub, snarler, winter-survivor, greedy-toothed one, roarer, hooded one, bowel-sharp one.

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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], IV. cc [1]. Bjarnar heiti 1: AI, 676-7, BI, 670, Skald I, 335; SnE 1848-87, I, 589-90, II, 484, 567, 626, SnE 1931, 211, SnE 1998, I, 132.


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