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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Glúmr Gráf 7I

Alison Finlay (ed.) 2012, ‘Glúmr Geirason, Gráfeldardrápa 7’ 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. 256.

Glúmr GeirasonGráfeldardrápa

text and translation

Braut við brynju njóta
bág rifjunga Sôgu
— naddskúrar vas nœrir —
Nóregs konungr stóra.
Valgaltar lét velta
vargfœðandi marga
— ofvægjum réð jǫfri —
jafnborna sér þorna.

{Konungr Nóregs} braut {bág {Sôgu rifjunga}} við {stóra njóta brynju}; vas {nœrir {naddskúrar}}. {Vargfœðandi} lét {marga þorna {valgaltar}}, jafnborna sér, velta; réð ofvægjum jǫfri.
‘The king of Norway [= Haraldr] waged the strife of the Sága <goddess> of swords [VALKYRIE > BATTLE] against mighty users of the mail-shirt [WARRIORS]; he was a nourisher of the point-shower [BATTLE > WARRIOR]. The wolf-feeder [WARRIOR] made many thorn-trees of the slaughter-boar [HELMET > WARRIORS], as well-born as he, topple; he overwhelmed the very powerful prince.

notes and context

This stanza accompanies the statement that the Eiríkssynir killed Tryggvi Óláfsson and many other kings, jarls and other powerful men.

On the placing of this stanza in Gráf, see Introduction.



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 6: AI, 76, BI, 67, Skald I, 41NN §§1060, 2219, 2987B; Fsk 1902-3, 56 (ch. 13), ÍF 29, 102 (ch. 14).


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