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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (TGT) 28III

Tarrin Wills (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 28’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 556.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

En skinnbjarta skortir
— skap kannask mér svanna —
— dýrs hon hætt at hváru —
hálmmein Njǫrun steina.

En {skinnbjarta Njǫrun steina} skortir {hálmmein}; skap svanna kannask mér; hon [e]s at hváru hætt dýr.
‘But the bright-skinned Njǫrun <goddess> of stones [WOMAN] lacks straw-harm [BLADE]; the temperament of the woman is known to me; she is in any case a dangerous animal.

notes and context

Cited as an example of metaphora (‘metaphor’), which Óláfr defines as follows (TGT 1927, 74): Metaphora er framfæring orða eða hlutu í aðra merking ‘Metaphor is the transfer of words or things into another meaning’. In this instance, the woman in question is called an animal.

The fifth unattributed dróttkvætt fragment in TGT whose subject is a woman. Cf. Note to Anon (TGT) 6 [All].



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 31: AI, 600, BI, 600, Skald I, 292, NN §§ 1233B, 1853A; SnE 1818, 327, SnE 1848, 194, SnE 1848-87, II, 158-9, III, 148, TGT 1884, 26, 102, 213-14, TGT 1927, 74, 104.


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