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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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OBarr Frag 2III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Barreyjarskáld, Fragments 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 322.

Ormr BarreyjarskáldFragments

text and translation

Útan gnýr á eyri
Ymis blóð fara góðra.

{Blóð Ymis} gnýr útan á eyri … góðra fara.
‘Ymir’s <giant’s> blood [SEA] roars from out on the sand-bank … of good ships.

notes and context

See Introduction. The couplet is again ascribed to Ormr. For the various forms of his nickname in the mss at this point, see SnE 1998, I, 140 (Textual n. to p. 36/30).

The fragment is so small that a definitive translation is not possible. The couplet probably formed the last lines of a stanza or helmingr such that góðra fara ‘of good ships’ (l. 2) or possibly ‘of good journeys’ (if fara is gen. pl. of fǫr ‘journey’) was dependent on something other than á eyri ‘on the sand-bank’, the only possible connection in the couplet we have. The possibility that the couplet completed a stanza or helmingr is supported by the fact that the scribe of W left nearly a line blank after the ascription to Ormr and before the couplet, suggesting that he was expecting to add another two lines of poetry before it.



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: Ormr Barreyjarskáld, Af et digt(?) 2: AI, 143, BI, 135, Skald I, 74, NN §2018; SnE 1848-87, I, 324-5, SnE 1931, 116, II, 316, 528, III, 51, SnE 1998, I, 37.


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