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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þul Skipa 5III

Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Skipa 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. 869.

Anonymous ÞulurSkipa heiti

text and translation

Segl, skǫr, sigla,         sviðvíss, stýri,
sýjur, saumfǫr,         súð ok skautreip,
stag, stafn, stjórnvið,         stuðill ok sikulgjǫrð,
snotra ok sólborð,         sess, skutr ok strengr.

Segl, skǫr, sigla, sviðvíss, stýri, sýjur, saumfǫr, súð ok skautreip, stag, stafn, stjórnvið, stuðill ok sikulgjǫrð, snotra ok sólborð, sess, skutr ok strengr.
‘Sail, overlap, mast, clamp, steering-oar, clinchings, rivet-row, suture and sheet-rope, stay, stem, steering-tie, support and rope, weather-vane and sun-board, rowing-bench, stern and cable.

notes and context

Here and in some other stanzas of this þula (cf. sts 6/1-4, 7 and 9), the nautical terms are deliberately collected and put together according to their initial sound. — Ms. R is partially illegible and A is the main ms. for this stanza, which is reflected in the order of the mss. — [8]: The capital letter ‘S’ (‘Sess’) in C indicates that this is the first line of the next stanza in that ms.



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. z. Skipa heiti 5: AI, 673, BI, 668, Skald I, 333; SnE 1848-87, I, 583, II, 481, 565, 624, SnE 1931, 208, SnE 1998, I, 128.  


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