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Glúmr Gráf 1I

Alison Finlay (ed.) 2012, ‘Glúmr Geirason, Gráfeldardrápa 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 248.

Glúmr GeirasonGráfeldardrápa
12

text and translation

Hlýði! Hapta beiðis
hefk mildinga gildi;
því biðjum vér þagnar,
þegna tjón at fregnum.

Hlýði! Hefk {gildi {beiðis hapta}} mildinga; því biðjum vér þagnar, at fregnum tjón þegna.
 
‘Listen! I begin the banquet of the ruler of the gods [= Óðinn > POETRY] of princes; we [I] ask for silence because we [I] have heard of the loss of the man.

notes and context

The stanza occurs as one of a sequence exemplifying kennings for ‘poetry’ referring to the myth of Óðinn’s theft of the mead of poetry.

readings

sources

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: Glúmr Geirason, 2. Gráfeldardrápa 1: AI, 75, BI, 66, Skald I, 41, NN §§254, 2745, 3097C; SnE 1848-87, I, 248-9, II, 306, 522, SnE 1931, 93SnE 1998, I, 12, 162. 

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