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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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KormǪ Sigdr 4III

Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Kormákr Ǫgmundarson, Sigurðardrápa 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 279.

Kormákr ǪgmundarsonSigurðardrápa

text and translation

Svall, þás gekk með gjallan
Gauts eld, hinns styr belldi,
glaðfœðandi Gríðar,
gunnr; komsk Urðr at brunni.

Gunnr svall, þás {{Gríðar glað}fœðandi}, hinns belldi styr, gekk með {gjallan eld Gauts}; Urðr komsk at brunni.
‘The battle intensified, as the feeder of the horse of Gríðr <giantess> [(lit. ‘horse-feeder of Gríðr’) WOLF > WARRIOR], who promoted fighting, advanced with the resounding fire of Gautr <= Óðinn> [SWORD]; Urðr went to the well.

notes and context

In Skm (SnE) this stanza is cited as an example of a kenning for ‘sword’ (eldr Gauts ‘fire of Gautr <= Óðinn>’).



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: Kormákr Ǫgmundarson, 1. Sigurðardrápa 4: AI, 79, BI, 69, Skald I, 42, NN §2218B; SnE 1848-87, I, 428-9, II, 330, 440, 590, III, 81-2, SnE 1931, 152, SnE 1998, I, 70.


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