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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gát 3III

Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gátur 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. 635.

Anonymous PoemsGátur

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Þá sá ek fljúga         þriðja sinni:
silki saumat         ok sænska menn,
Gunnlaugs bana         ok goða brenni,
kú kollótta         ok kvíslatré,
gnúp gildligan;         gettu, hvat þeir heita!

Þá sá ek fljúga þriðja sinni: saumat silki ok sænska menn, bana Gunnlaugs ok brenni goða, kollótta kú ok kvíslatré, gildligan gnúp; gettu, hvat þeir heita!
‘Then I saw fly a third time: sewn silk and Swedish men, Gunnlaugr’s slayer and burner of gods, cow without horns and a forked tree, a massive peak; guess what they are called!

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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 [XIII], D. 5. [b]. Andre gåder 3: AII, 228-9, BII, 248, Skald II, 129; SnE 1848, 239, LaufE 1979, 406-7.


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