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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 11III

Tarrin Wills (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 11’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 545.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

Skíð gekk framm at flœði
flóðs í hreggi óðu.

{Skíð flóðs} gekk framm at flœði í óðu hreggi.
‘The ski of the sea [SHIP] went forward at high tide in a violent storm.

notes and context

Cited as a third example of cacemphaton (‘cacenphaton’), an ill-sounding expression (TGT 1927, 55): Þat er ok kallat cacenphaton, ef maðr eignar óviðrkvæmiliga ǫðrum hlut þat er annarr á ‘It is also called cacemphaton if one unsuitably gives an attribute to a thing that [properly] belongs to another’.


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 24: AI, 599, BI, 599, Skald I, 292; SnE 1818, 317, SnE 1848, 187, SnE 1848-87, II, 122-3, 412, III, 142, TGT 1884, 19, 80, 191, TGT 1927, 55, 97.


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