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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Sverða 5III

Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Sverða heiti 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 798.

Anonymous ÞulurSverða heiti

text and translation

Hvati, hǫfuðhvessingr,         hausamølvir,
hræva-Gautr, herbrái         ok hold-Mímir,
bensœgr, brigðir,         Brimir, huglognir,
skyggðir, skreyfir,         skarðr, grindlogi.

Hvati, hǫfuðhvessingr, hausamølvir, hræva-Gautr, herbrái ok hold-Mímir, bensœgr, brigðir, Brimir, huglognir, skyggðir, skreyfir, skarðr, grindlogi.
‘Quick one, head-sharpener, crusher of skulls, Gautr of corpses, war-shining one and flesh-Mímir, wound-strip, fickle one, Brimir, clinch-failer, polished one, heaper, notched one, gate-flame.

notes and context

The arrangement of heiti in ll. 1-6 of this stanza in ms. C(12r) differs from that in the other mss and cannot be construed to make any sense metrically. Ms. C has therefore not been considered in the variant apparatus above (relevant readings are discussed in the Notes below). The C variant reads as follows: ‘Herbraí ok hoddmímir bensígr brígdír brumr huatí haufuts spesíngr hausa míoluer hræuagautr huglognir skygder skræuir skardr grindlogi’.



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. l. Sverða heiti 5: AI, 663, BI, 663, Skald I, 328; SnE 1848-87, I, 565, II, 476, 559-60, 619, SnE 1931, 201, SnE 1998, I, 119.


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