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Lexicon Poeticum

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Sturl Hrafn 16II/7 — grundar ‘of the land’

Blés of böðfúsa
bragna fjölmagnat
hregg á herbygðum
hríðar brimskíðum.
Upp rak alkeppna
öld með herskjöldu
grundar gjálfrs undit
grand at Skotlandi.

Fjölmagnat hregg blés of böðfúsa bragna á herbygðum brimskíðum hríðar. Undit grand grundar gjálfrs rak alkeppna öld með herskjöldu upp at Skotlandi.

The sorcery-strengthened hailstorm blew around the battle-eager men on the troop-inhabited surf-skis of the sea [SHIPS]. The twisted harm of the land of the surge [SEA > STORM] drove the very vigorous crew with war-shields towards [the shores of] Scotland.


[7] grundar: grunda Flat


[7-8] undit grand grundar gjálfrs ‘the twisted harm of the land of the surge [SEA > STORM]’: LP: vinda 3 suggests that Sturla may have had the mythological Miðgarðsormr (‘World-serpent’) in mind here.



case: gen.


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