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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 7III

Tarrin Wills (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 542.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

Hér fregna nú hyggnir
hjǫrflaug brimis draugar.

{Hyggnir draugar brimis} fregna nú {hjǫrflaug} hér.
‘The thoughtful trees of the sword [WARRIORS] now hear of weapon-flight [BATTLE] here.

notes and context

Cited as a second example of collisiones involving the juxtaposition of harsh consonants (following Anon (TGT) 6).

The collisiones here possibly occurs in the consonants -g br- in hjǫrflaug brimis ‘weapon-flight … of the sword’. SnE 1848-87, II, 110 suggests brims draugar, possibly the cluster -ms dr- (although TGT 1927, 49 n. interprets this as br- … dr-). If a broader sense of snarpr as ‘harsh-sounding’ is used (see Context to st. 6), either consonant cluster could be meant. Possible candidates are also the clusters ‑r fr- (l. 1) and ‑rfl- (l. 2), which are closer to the examples provided by Sedulius Scottus (see st. 6, Note to [All]).



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], C. Vers om ubestemmelige personer og begivenheder 10: AI, 598, BI, 598, Skald I, 291; SnE 1818, 313, SnE 1848, 184, SnE 1848-87, II, 110-11, 409, 511, III, 140, TGT 1884, 16, 72, 181-2, TGT 1927, 49, 94-5.


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