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Anon Brúðv 16VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 540.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

‘Skuldar máttu, ský-Baldr,
skilja — eru sakir til
sárar — þótt sie mier
sorgir í hugar borg.
Væn hugðumz vera þín
vinmær allkær,
báru, en þú bregðz mier
bálruðr, um það mál.

‘Máttu skilja, {{Skuldar ský}-Baldr}, þótt mier sie sorgir í {borg hugar}; sárar sakir eru til. Hugðumz vera þín væn, allkær vinmær, en þú bregðz mier, {{báru bál}ruðr}, um það mál.

‘You can understand, {Baldr <god> {of the cloud of Skuld <valkyrie>}} [(lit. ‘cloud-Baldr of Skuld’) SHIELD > WARRIOR], seeing that I have cares in {the stronghold of the mind} [BREAST]; grievous offences are the cause. I thought I was your beautiful, very dear beloved maiden, but you deceive me, {bush {of the flame of the wave}} [(lit. ‘flame-bush of the wave’) GOLD > MAN], in that matter.

Mss: 721(14v), 1032ˣ(104v), 399a-bˣ(7), 2166ˣ(7)

Readings: [6] vin‑: so 2166ˣ, mín 721, 1032ˣ, mín with ‘vin’ in margin 399a‑bˣ

Editions: ÍM II, 132.

Notes: [All]: Both in Mar and here Mary represents herself as the young man’s true betrothed. — [6] vinmær ‘beloved maiden’: Jón Sigurðsson suggested the reading vin- in the margin in 399a-bˣ. The scribe of 2166ˣ adopted that reading in the main text, but noted the original reading mín ‘my’ in the margin. Jón Helgason chose the emended reading vin- in his edn. — [8] -ruðr ‘bush’: This is the older form of runnr ‘bush’ m.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍM = Jón Helgason, ed. 1936-8. Íslenzk miðaldarkvæði: Islandske digte fra senmiddelalderen. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.

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