Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 307.
|Munað þau drýgðu á marga vegu
ok höfðu gull fyrir gaman;
nú er þeim goldit,
| er þau ganga skulu|
meðal frosts ok funa.
Þau drýgðu munað á marga vegu ok höfðu gull fyrir gaman; nú er þeim goldit, er þau skulu ganga meðal frosts ok funa.
They experienced sensuality in many ways and had gold for pleasure; now they are repaid, since they have to walk between frost and fire.
Mss: 166bˣ(46r), papp15ˣ(2v), 738ˣ(80v), 167b 6ˣ(2r), 214ˣ(149v), 1441ˣ(582), 10575ˣ(3v), 2797ˣ(232)
Readings:  Munað: munaðlífi papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ  vegu: vega 167b 6ˣ  fyrir: at 10575ˣ; gaman: gamni papp15ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ  er: at papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ  meðal: milli papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, millum 214ˣ
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G . Sólarljóð 18: AI, 630, BI, 638, Skald I, 310; Bugge 1867, 360, Falk 1914, 7, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 9, Fidjestøl 1979, 62, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 55-6, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 24, 102.
Notes:  munað ‘sensuality’: Munaðlífi ‘a life of sensuality’ is the majority reading in the other mss, but this makes the l. too long as Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 32-3) points out. —  gaman ‘pleasure’: So 166bˣ and 33 other mss. Gamni (dat.) appears in 32 mss in total. — [5-6] ganga meðal ‘to walk between’: The reading of 166bˣ. However, it could be argued that the majority reading, ganga milli, meaning ‘to mediate’, gives better sense, or at least as good sense, here. —  frosts ok funa (gen.) ‘frost and fire’: This alternation of fire and frost is frequent in visions of hell; cf. ‘The Vision of Dryhthelm’ in Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica (Colgrave and Mynors 1969, 488-91), Dugg (Cahill 1981, 28-9), the Vision of Othloh of S. Emmeram (Othlonus S. Emmerammi, Visio, col. 380), Visio Thurkilli (Schmidt 1978, 28) and the Revelation of the Monk of Eynsham (Easting 2002, 48-9). Has 39 also couples frost and fire.