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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 28VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 549-50.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

text and translation

Oftar vil eg yðarn kraft
inna — það er vili minn —
— vita skulu víf kát —
víða í bragsmíð,
ef landa (líf) stund
ljós veitir gramr oss
máttugr (eða málsgnótt
mín tjár sonar þín).

Eg vil inna oftar yðarn kraft víða í bragsmíð — það er vili minn; kát víf skulu vita —, ef {máttugr gramr landa} veitir oss stund, eða ljós málsgnótt mín tjár líf sonar þín.
‘I want to tell more often of your power, far and wide, in a work of poetry — that is my will; cheerful women shall know —, if the mighty king of lands [= God] grants us [me] time, or my clear eloquence relates the life of your son.

notes and context

[8]: The first two words of this l. are almost illegible. Jón Helgason suggested that the original reading of the final couplet might have been ... eða máls gnótt | minni týr sonr þinn (ÍM II, 134), which would give the sense of ll. 5-8 as: ef máttugr gramr landa veitir oss líf, stund, minni eða málsgnótt, ljós-Týr, sonr þinn ‘if the mighty king of lands grants us life, time, memory or eloquence, light-Týr, your son’.



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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