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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 25VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 547.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

text and translation

Byskup frietti brimlogs
að því meginbrátt:
‘Hví ertu, hlynr, svá
hverforðr, góins láðs?’
Seggr liet eigi seinn að
svara, því er spurt var:
‘Einglum er sú drós, dreingr,
dýrri, er eg gat fyrr’.

Byskup frietti {{brimlogs}} að því meginbrátt: ‘Hví ertu svá hverforðr, {hlynr {láðs góins}}?’ Seggr liet eigi seinn að svara, því er spurt var: ‘Sú drós, er eg gat fyrr, dreingr, er dýrri einglum’.
‘The bishop asked the surf-flame [GOLD > ?] about it very soon: ‘Why are you so fickle in words, maple of the land of the snake [GOLD > MAN]?’ The man was not slow in answering what was asked: ‘The lady whom I mentioned before, sir, is more precious than angels’.

notes and context

[1-2]: As Jón Helgason pointed out in his edn, the first two ll. of the st. are severely corrupted.



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, 134.


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