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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 4VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 531-2.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

text and translation

Sveinninn óx þar upp einn
— ágætr var maðr sjá
hittir og hans ætt
hringa — með virðing.
Ærir áttu auð fjár
atgeirs mikinn þeir,
er reyðar rannskíðs
rennis váru ættmenn.

Sveinninn óx upp einn þar með virðing; {sjá hittir hringa} var ágætr maðr, og hans ætt. {Þeir ærir atgeirs}, er váru ættmenn {{{reyðar rann}skíðs} rennis}, áttu mikinn auð fjár.
‘The youth grew up alone there with honour; that finder of rings [MAN] was a fine man, as was his family. Those messengers of the halberd [WARRIORS], who were kinsmen of the propeller of the ski of the house of the rorqual [(lit. ‘propeller of the house-ski of the rorqual’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER], had great wealth of money.

notes and context

As Schottmann (1973, 356) noted, the poet introduces the young man as a member of a rich and noble family, whereas the D version of the prose saga establishes him as a klerkr from the beginning.



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

ÍM II, 130.


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