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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 4VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 520-1.

Anonymous PoemsGyðingsvísur

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Ófs fekk orðstír hæfan
auðar mildr, sem vildi,
gráns fyr gjöfli sína
grafþveings boði veingis.
Átti vin, því að veitti
vell …dr ímu svellir,
hann und hverjum runni
Hamdis bríkr af slíku.

{Boði {veingis {gráns grafþveings}}}, mildr auðar, fekk hæfan orðstír, sem vildi, fyr sína ófs gjöfli. Hann átti vin und hverjum {runni {Hamdis bríkr}} af slíku, því að {…dr svellir ímu} veitti vell.
‘The offerer of the land of the grey grave-thong [SNAKE > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], generous with wealth, secured a fitting reputation, as he wanted, for his excessive munificence. He had a friend in every bush of Hamðir’s <hero> board [SHIELD > MAN] on account of such [generosity], because the … sweller of battle [WARRIOR] gave out gold.

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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 XIV], [B. 13]. Af et digt om en rig mand, der gav alt sit bort 4: AII, 540, BII, 598, Skald II, 331, NN §§1850, 2980; Rydberg 1907, 42, 59; Attwood 1996a, 347.


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