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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bragi Rdr 5III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Bragi inn gamli Boddason, Ragnarsdrápa 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 35.

Bragi inn gamli BoddasonRagnarsdrápa

text and translation

Þar, svát gerðu gyrðan
golfhǫlkvis sá fylkis,
segls naglfara siglur
saums andvanar standa.
Urðu snemst ok Sǫrli
samráða þeir Hamðir
hǫrðum herðimýlum
Hergauts vinu barðir.

Þar, svát gerðu gyrðan {sá {golfhǫlkvis}} fylkis, standa {siglur {segls naglfara}}, andvanar saums. Þeir Sǫrli ok Hamðir urðu snemst barðir samráða {hǫrðum herðimýlum {vinu Hergauts}}.
‘There, so that they encircled the vat of the floor-steed [HOUSE > BED] of the ruler, the masts of the sail of the nail-studded one <ship’s planking> [SHIELD > WARRIORS], lacking nails, stand. Sǫrli and Hamðir were very soon pelted by common resolve with hard shoulder-lumps of the mistress of Hergautr <= Óðinn> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’) > STONES].

notes and context

See Context to st. 3. This stanza follows immediately upon Rdr 4 in three mss of SnE, R, and C.



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: Bragi enn gamli, 1. Ragnarsdrápa 5: AI, 2, BI, 2, Skald I, 1, NN §§1161, 1916B, 2720; SnE 1848-87, I, 372-3, II, 576, III, 60, SnE 1931, 134, SnE 1998, I, 51.


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