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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 23VII/2 — stœðr ‘the hateful’

Hlaut sveinn hjarðar gætis
— hugstœðr léo flœði —
(akrmenn gripu annan)
œzta bjǫrg (frá vǫrgum).
Fjǫrnæms fœddu bǫrvar
fleins í þorpi einu
brœðr (glyggs hvatendr) báða
(blóðíss né til vissusk).

Sveinn hlaut œzta bjǫrg gætis hjarðar; hugstœðr léo flœði; akrmenn gripu annan frá vǫrgum. Bǫrvar fjǫrnæms fleins fœddu báða brœðr í einu þorpi; né hvatendr glyggs blóðíss vissusk til.

[One] boy received the most excellent help from a herdsman [lit. guardian of the herd]; the hateful lion fled; farmhands seized the other from the wolves. Trees of the life-taking spear [WARRIORS] raised both brothers in the same village; the hasteners of the storm of the blood-ice [SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] did not know of one another.


[2] ‑stœðr (‘‑støþr’): ‘‑scøþr’ 673bFJ


[2] hugstœðr ‘the hateful’: Finnur Jónsson (1887 and Skj A) read hugskœðr ‘evil-/injury-minded’ (the <t>/<c> is partially missing). Jón Helgason, however, was sure of the ‘t’ reading.



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