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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 820-1.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar

fjǫll ‘mountains’

1. fjall (noun n.): mountain


f*alla ‘fall’

falla (verb): fall

[1] f*alla: ‘fialla’ Hb


eyðisk ‘is destroyed’

2. eyða (verb; °-dd-): destroy


meðal ‘between’

meðal (prep.): between

[4] meðal: ‘meðar’ Hb


angrljóðasǫm ‘filled with sorrowful songs’

angrljóðasamr (adj.): filled with sorrowful songs


svelgja ‘swallow’

1. svelgja (verb): swallow


sveita ‘of blood’

sveiti (noun m.; °-a): blood

[9] sveita Urðr of heitin: abbrev. as ‘s. vr. vm h.’ Hb


Urðr ‘as the Urðr’

Urðr (noun f.): [as Urðr, Urðr]

[9] sveita Urðr of heitin: abbrev. as ‘s. vr. vm h.’ Hb


of ‘’

4. of (particle): (before verb)

[9] sveita Urðr of heitin: abbrev. as ‘s. vr. vm h.’ Hb


heitin ‘be known’

2. heita (verb): be called, promise

[9] sveita Urðr of heitin: abbrev. as ‘s. vr. vm h.’ Hb


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Cited in Hb without intervening prose after Anon (HSig) 6 above.

[1-4]: The first helmingr recalls the Apocalypse (cf., e.g. Rev. VI.14, VIII.11, IX.15-18) and is out of keeping with the different images of doom presented in Anon (HSig) 6 and 8. — [9]: The repetition of the last l. is characteristic of prophetic sts, and such repetitions are a feature of the metre galdralag ‘incantation metre’ (SnSt Ht 101III; SnE 1999, 39, 74). In this particular case, the l. is syntactically incomplete (sveita ‘blood’ and Urðr of heitin ‘known as the Urðr’ belong to two different clauses in l. 8), but sveita ‘blood’ could be construed as a gen. qualifying Urðr (‘the Urðr of blood’). Urðr was one of the norns of fate in ON mythology (see SnE 2005, 18).


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