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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þblǫnd Frag 1III

Vivian Busch (ed.) 2017, ‘Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, 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. 489.

Þorvaldr blǫnduskáldFragment1

text and translation

Nú hefk mart
í miði greipat
burar Bors
Búra arfa.

Nú hefk greipat mart í {miði {burar Bors}}, {arfa Búra}.
‘Now I have included many things in the mead of the son of Borr <mythical being> [= Óðinn > POEM], the heir of Búri <mythical being> [= Óðinn].

notes and context

In SnE (Skm) and LaufE, the stanza is cited in a collection of stanzas illustrating poetic expressions (mostly kennings) for Óðinn.

The helmingr’s statement that many things have been included in the poem shows that it is likely to be one of the final stanzas of a longer poem.



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: Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld, 2. Af et ubestemmeligt digt: AI, 492, BI, 464, Skald I, 228; SnE 1848-87, I, 244-5, II, 305, 520, III, 10, SnE 1931, 92, SnE 1998, I, 11; LaufE 1979, 332.


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