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Lexicon Poeticum

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Sturl Hrafn 3II/6 — brim ‘of the surf’

Glumði á gjálfrtömðum
Gestils skeiðhestum
eldr of allvaldi
ægis nafnfrægjum.
Skein af skautvænum
skeiðum brimreiðar
sól of sigdeili
snotrum óþrotlig.

Eldr ægis glumði á gjálfrtömðum Gestils skeiðhestum of nafnfrægjum allvaldi. Óþrotlig sól brimreiðar skein af skautvænum skeiðum of snotrum sigdeili.

The fire of the ocean [GOLD] resounded on the surge-tamed horses of Gestill’s <sea-king’s> track [(lit. ‘track-horses of Gestill’) SEA > SHIPS] above the renowned mighty ruler. The unceasing sun of the surf-chariot [SHIP > SHIELD] shone from the sail-fair warships around the wise battle-distributor [WARRIOR].

readings

[6] brim‑: so Flat, bryn‑ F

notes

[6-7] sól brimreiðar ‘the sun of the surf-chariot [SHIP > SHIELD]’: For comparable kennings for ‘ship’ and ‘shield’, see Meissner 168, 221. Skj B and Skald emend to sól brimleiðar ‘the sun of the surf-road’ where ‘surf-road’ is ‘sea’ and its sun is ‘gold’. Brynreiðar ‘of the byrnie-chariot’ (so F) makes no sense in the context.

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