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VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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Sólarljóð (‘Song of the Sun’) — Anon SólVII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [6]. Sólarljóð, digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 628-40, BI, 635-48)

SkP info: VII, 346-7

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71 — Anon Sól 71VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 71’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 346-7.

Menn sá ek þá,        er mjök höfðu
        hungri farit hörund;
englar guðs
        lutu öllum þeim;
        þat er it æzta unað.

Ek sá menn þá, er mjök höfðu farit hörund hungri; englar guðs lutu þeim öllum; þat er it æzta unað.

I saw men then who had greatly afflicted their flesh with hunger; God’s angels bowed to them all; that is the highest delight.

Mss: 166bˣ(48r), papp15ˣ(7r), 738ˣ(83r), 167b 6ˣ(3v-4r), 214ˣ(152r), 1441ˣ(587), 10575ˣ(10r), 2797ˣ(237)

Readings: [1] ek: ek sá 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ    [2] höfðu: hafa 738ˣ, hafði 1441ˣ    [3] hungri: so 2797ˣ, hungr í 166bˣ, papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ;    farit hörund: hörund farit 1441ˣ    [5] lutu öllum þeim: ‘[...]’ 167b 6ˣ    [6] þat er it æzta unað: þat ek æzta unað 166bˣ, þat er æzta unað papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, ‘[...]’ 167b 6ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 71: AI, 638, BI, 647, Skald I, 315, NN §2564D; Bugge 1867, 368, Falk 1914, 45, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 21, Fidjestøl 1979, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 77, 143.

Notes: [3] hungri ‘with hunger’: This is the reading of about half the mss, while the others share the reading of 166bˣ, probably originating in a mistake in word division. — [5-6]: These ll. are missing or semi-legible in 167b 6ˣ due to a damaged leaf. For praise of the ascetic life, cf. Hsv 116. — [6]: Emendation is required here. It is necessary to insert the n. def. art. it to accompany æzta n. nom. sg. weak adj.

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