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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormr Woman 2III

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman 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. 326.

Ormr SteinþórssonPoem about a woman

text and translation

Þvít hols hrynbáls
hramma, þats berk framm,
Billings á burar full
bjarkar hefk lagit mark.

Þvít [e]k hef lagit mark {bjarkar {hols hrynbáls hramma}} á {full {burar Billings}}, þats berk framm.
‘Because I have placed the mark of the birch of the hollow ringing fire of hands [RING > WOMAN] on the cup of the son of Billingr <dwarf> [DWARF > POEM], which I deliver.

notes and context

In Skm (SnE) and LaufE the stanza is quoted to illustrate the use of the base-word bjǫrk ‘birch’ in woman-kennings.



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 Steinþórsson, 1. Af et digt om en kvinde (?) 4: AI, 416, BI, 385, Skald I, 191; SnE 1848-87, I, 412-13, II, 324, 435, 584, III, 74, SnE 1931, 147, SnE 1998, I, 64; LaufE 1979, I, 379.


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