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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Glúmr Gráf 9I

Alison Finlay (ed.) 2012, ‘Glúmr Geirason, Gráfeldardrápa 9’ 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. 259.

Glúmr GeirasonGráfeldardrápa

text and translation

Heinþynntan lét hvína
hrynjeld at þat brynju
foldar vǫrðr, sás fyrðum,
fjǫrnharðan, sik varði.

{Vǫrðr foldar}, sás varði sik fyrðum, lét {heinþynntan, fjǫrnharðan hrynjeld brynju} hvína at þat.
‘The guardian of the land [RULER], who defended himself against men, made the whetstone-sharpened, amazingly hard resounding fire of the mail-shirt [SWORD] whistle at that.

notes and context

In Fsk, the stanza follows immediately after st. 8. In SnE, it is cited as one of a sequence of citations illustrating kennings for ‘swords’.



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 8: AI, 77, BI, 67, Skald I, 41, NN §1062; SnE 1848-87, I, 428-9, II, 330, 441, SnE 1931, 152, SnE 1998, I, 70, 196; Fsk 1902-3, 65 (ch. 14), ÍF 29, 108 (ch. 16).


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