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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 16VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 540.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

text and translation

‘Skuldar máttu, ský-Baldr,
skilja — eru sakir til
sárar — þótt sie mier
sorgir í hugar borg.
Væn hugðumz vera þín
vinmær allkær,
báru, en þú bregðz mier
bálruðr, um það mál.

‘Máttu skilja, {{Skuldar ský}-Baldr}, þótt mier sie sorgir í {borg hugar}; sárar sakir eru til. Hugðumz vera þín væn, allkær vinmær, en þú bregðz mier, {{báru bál}ruðr}, um það mál.
‘‘You can understand, Baldr <god> of the cloud of Skuld <valkyrie> [(lit. ‘cloud-Baldr of Skuld’) SHIELD > WARRIOR], seeing that I have cares in the stronghold of the mind [BREAST]; grievous offences are the cause. I thought I was your beautiful, very dear beloved maiden, but you deceive me, bush of the flame of the wave [(lit. ‘flame-bush of the wave’) GOLD > MAN], in that matter.

notes and context

Both in Mar and here Mary represents herself as the young man’s true betrothed.



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, 132.


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