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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormr Woman 3III

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 327.

Ormr SteinþórssonPoem about a woman

text and translation

Hrosta drýgir hvern kost
hanglúðrs gæi-Þrúðr,
en drafnar loga Lofn
lǫstu rækir vinfǫst.

{Gæi-Þrúðr {hanglúðrs hrosta}} drýgir hvern kost, en {Lofn {loga drafnar}}, vinfǫst, rækir lǫstu.
‘The watching Þrúðr <goddess> of the hanging vessel of mash [CAULDRON > WOMAN] possesses every excellence, and the Lofn <goddess> of the fire of the wave [GOLD > WOMAN], loyal to her friends, rejects vices.

notes and context

In Skm (SnE) the stanza is used to illustrate the use of drǫfn as a heiti for ‘wave’. In R attribution was initially made to Kormákr but then altered to Ormr.



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 (?) 5: AI, 416, BI, 385, Skald I, 191, NN §899; SnE 1848-87, I, 502-3, II, 452, 535, 601, III, 104-5, SnE 1931, 176, SnE 1998, I, 95.


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