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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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, 320

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37 — Anon Sól 37VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 320.

Heljar reip        kómu harðliga
        sveigð at síðum mér;
slíta ek vilda,
        en þau seig váru;
        létt er lauss at fara.

Reip heljar kómu at síðum mér, harðliga sveigð; ek vilda slíta, en þau váru seig; létt er at fara lauss.

The ropes of Hell came around my sides, powerfully twisted; I wanted to tear them but they were tough; it is easy to move unbound.

Mss: 166bˣ(46v-47r), papp15ˣ(4r), 738ˣ(81v), 214ˣ(150v), 1441ˣ(584), 10575ˣ(5v-6r), 2797ˣ(234)

Readings: [3] sveigð: sveig 1441ˣ;    síðum: síðo 214ˣ    [5] seig: sterk papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 37: AI, 633, BI, 641, Skald I, 312; Bugge 1867, 363, Falk 1914, 18, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 14, Fidjestøl 1991, 65, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 43, 115.

Notes: [1] heljar ‘of Hell’: Primarily the Christian Hell, but allusion to Hel, the pagan goddess of the dead may also be intended; cf. Psalm XVII.5-6: circumdederunt me funes mortis et torrentes diabuli terruerunt me / funes inferi circumdederunt me praevenerunt me laquei mortis ‘the sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity troubled me. The sorrows of Hell encompassed me: and the snares of death prevented me’, and similarly 2 Sam. XXII.6. — [5] seig ‘tough’: The lectio difficilior. The reading is in 166bˣ and 10 other mss to which it is closely related. Seig provides correct alliteration, unlike sterk ‘strong’, which is the majority reading.

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