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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Krm 17VIII

Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 751.

Anonymous PoemsKrákumál

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Hjuggu vér með hjörvi.
Hundmargan sá ek falla
morginstund fyrir mæki
mann í odda sennu.
Syni mínum hneit snimma
slíðra þorn við hjarta;
Egill lét Agnar ræntan
óblauðan hal lífi.
Glumði geirr við Hamðis
gránserk; bliku merki.

Hjuggu vér með hjörvi. Ek sá hundmargan mann falla fyrir mæki morginstund í {sennu odda}. {Þorn slíðra} hneit snimma við hjarta syni mínum; Egill lét ræntan Agnar, óblauðan hal, lífi. Geirr glumði við {gránserk Hamðis}; merki bliku.
‘We hewed with the sword. I saw very many a man fall before the sword at morning-time in the quarrel of weapon-points [BATTLE]. The thorn of scabbards [SWORD] struck early at the heart of my son; Egill caused Agnarr, an uncowardly man, to be deprived of life. The spear resounded against the grey shirt of Hamðir <legendary hero> [MAIL-COAT]; banners gleamed.

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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: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], H. Krákumál 17: AI, 646, BI, 653, Skald I, 319, NN §2309A; Rafn 1826, 14-15, 130-1, Pfeiffer 1860, 126, CPB II, 343, Wisén 1886-9, I, 64, Krm 1891, 227, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 88-9, Finnur Jónsson 1905, 155; Ragn 1906-8, 188.


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