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ÞGísl Búdr 6I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 6’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 947.

Þorkell GíslasonBúadrápa
567

text and translation

Neytti herr handa;
hríð vas snǫrp branda;
fúst vas fár randa
til fjǫrnis landa.
Fellu fleinbǫrvar;
flugu af streng ǫrvar;
sungu hôtt hjǫrvar
við hlífar gǫrvar.

Herr neytti handa; {hríð branda} vas snǫrp; {fár randa} vas fúst til {landa fjǫrnis}. {Fleinbǫrvar} fellu; ǫrvar flugu af streng; hjǫrvar sungu hôtt við gǫrvar hlífar.
 
‘The troop used its hands; the storm of blades [BATTLE] was fierce; the harm of shields [SWORD] was eager for the lands of the helmet [HEADS]. Spear-trees [WARRIORS] fell; arrows flew from the bowstring; swords sang loudly against readied shields.

notes and context

The furious battle between the Jómsvíkingar and Hákon jarl and his forces continues.

The end-rhyme extends through each of the two helmingar, rather than being restricted to couplets; see Introduction.

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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: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 6: AI, 554, BI, 537, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 172, Fms 12, 43, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 189 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 27, 80.

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