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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 24III

Tarrin Wills (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 24’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 553.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

Sterkum stilli        styrjar væni.

Sterkum stilli … væni styrjar.
‘For the strong ruler … an expectation of battle.

notes and context

Cited as an example of parhomoeon (‘paranomeon’), a figure in which several words have the same initial letter (mǫrg orð hafa einn upphafs-staf; TGT 1927, 69); in other words, alliteration (TGT 1927, 70). Óláfr adds after the stanza, ok er hon upphaf til kveðandi þeirar, er saman heldr nórœnum skáldskap svá sem naglar halda skipi saman ‘and [this figure] is the origin of that poetic device which holds together Norse poetry just as nails hold a ship together’.

Alliteration here falls on the consonant cluster st-.


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 20: AI, 599, BI, 599, Skald I, 292; SnE 1818, 324, SnE 1848, 192, SnE 1848-87, II, 148-9, 419, TGT 1884, 24, 96, 208, TGT 1927, 69, 103.


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