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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Tindr Hákdr 2I/4 — i ‘Búi’

Gatat óhræðinn œðra
(oddgaldrs) ok Sigvaldi
(vítt frák veiti-Njóta*)
viðrnám i (kvômu),
áðr mótrǫðuls mœttu
magnendr Gymis vagna
— sǫng at sverða þingi
sárla — þrœnzkum jarli.

Óhræðinn i ok Sigvaldi gatat œðra viðrnám — frák veiti-Njóta* oddgaldrs kvômu vítt —, áðr Gymis vagna mótrǫðuls magnendr mœttu þrœnzkum jarli; sǫng sárla at þingi sverða.

The fearless Búi and Sigvaldi did not receive more distinguished opposition — I heard the proffering Njótar <= Óðinn’s> of the point-chant [BATTLE > WARRIORS] came from afar — before the empowerers of the clash of the sun of the wagons of Gymir <sea-giant> [(lit. ‘empowerers of the clash-sun of the wagons of Gymir’) SHIPS > SHIELD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] met the Trøndelag jarl [Hákon]; it sang grievously at the assembly of swords [BATTLE].


[4] i: Búa 510


[2, 4] i ok Sigvaldi ‘Búi and Sigvaldi’: Emendation is all but unavoidable here, and is adopted by most eds. The two names form a cpd subject, with the sg. verb gatat ‘did not receive’ agreeing with the strict grammatical subject óhræðinn Búi ‘the fearless Búi’ and the phrase ok Sigvaldi ‘and Sigvaldi’ placed in anticipation of that subject (cf. Finnur Jónsson 1886b, 325; NS §70a). Sigvaldi jarl Strút-Haraldsson and Búi digri ‘the Stout’ Vésetason are also named in Þskúm Lv 1/3, 4, and are prominent in later medieval tradition as leaders of the semi-legendary Jómsvíkingar (cf. ÞGísl Búdr and Bjbp Jóms).



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