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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Glúmr Gráf 15I

Alison Finlay (ed.) 2012, ‘Glúmr Geirason, Gráfeldardrápa 15’ 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. 265.

Glúmr GeirasonGráfeldardrápa

text and translation

Vígôsu tekr vísa
valfall Haralds alla.

Valfall Haralds tekr {alla vígôsu} vísa.
‘Haraldr’s death in battle affects all the battle-gods [WARRIORS] of the leader.

notes and context

This couplet, said to be the stef ‘refrain’ of Gráfeldardrápa, is added in the seventeenth-century Þórðarbók version of Ldn to an account of the settlement of Glúmr’s father, Geiri, near Mývatn.

Any interpretation can only be tentative, since it is unknown whether the couplet preserved is syntactically complete, or whether it originally formed part of a four-line unit (as suggested in Skj B, where it is left untranslated).



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 14: AI, 78, BI, 68, Skald I, 42NN §254; Ldn 1843, 233, Ldn 1900, 254Ldn 1921, 123, Ldn 1958, 130, Ldn 1974, 624, ÍF 1, 284 n.


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