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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Skapti Frag 1III

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2017, ‘Skapti Þóroddsson, Fragment 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 356.

Skapti ÞóroddssonFragment1

text and translation

Máttr es munka dróttins
mestr; aflar goð flestu;
Kristr skóp ríkr ok reisti
Róms hǫll verǫld alla.

Máttr {dróttins munka} es mestr; goð aflar flestu; ríkr Kristr skóp alla verǫld ok reisti hǫll Róms.
‘The power of the lord of monks [= God] is greatest; God brings everything about; the mighty Christ created the whole world and raised up the hall of Rome.

notes and context

The helmingr is cited within a sequence illustrating kennings for Christ.



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: Skapti Þóroddsson, Af et religiøst digt: AI, 314, BI, 291, Skald I, 148; SnE 1848-87, I, 446-9, II, 333, 445, III, 90, SnE 1931, 158, SnE 1998, I, 77.


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