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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (FoGT) 14III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise 14’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 588.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise

text and translation

Vátr kvað marr á móti:
‘man eg vald yfir þier halda;
skal hrís um lög ljósan
— lamið rót er þá — fljóta.’
Sandr luktaði sundum;
sjór fekk af stað ekki,
en sterkr um bol bjarkar
bani hvess viðar gandi.

Vátr marr kvað á móti: ‘eg man halda vald yfir þier; hrís skal fljóta um ljósan lög; rót er þá lamið.’ Sandr luktaði sundum; sjór fekk ekki af stað, en {sterkr bani hvess viðar} gandi um bol bjarkar.
‘The wet sea spoke in reply: ‘I will keep power over you; brushwood will float upon the shining sea; the root will then be smashed.’ Sand blocked channels; the sea got nothing of the land, but the strong killer of every tree [FIRE] gaped around the birch-tree’s trunk.

notes and context

As for st. 13.

Meissner (1932, 105) thought it possible that the composer of sts 13 and 14 might have been influenced in his depiction of the struggle between sea and sand by a natural event that took place near Þykkvabœr monastery in 1311, when, as a consequence of an eruption of the volcano Katla, great quantities of glacial melt water pushed a large amount of sand and ash into the sea.



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 [XIII], [C]. D. Religiøse og moraliserende vers af den 4. grammatiske afhandling 6: AII, 164, BII, 181, Skald II, 94, NN §§2330, 2338A; SnE 1848-87, II, 202-3, III, 156, FoGT 1884, 126, 255-6, FoGT 2004, 36, 63-4, 101-2, FoGT 2014, 10-11, 68.


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