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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

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, 333

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53 — Anon Sól 53VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 333.

Frá því er at segja,        hvat ek fyrst um sá,
        þá er ek var í kvölheima kominn;
sviðnir fuglar,
        er sálir váru,
        flugu svá margir sem mý.

Frá því er at segja, hvat ek fyrst um sá, þá er ek var kominn í kvölheima; sviðnir fuglar, er sálir váru, flugu svá margir sem mý.

It must be related what I saw first when I came into the worlds of torment; singed birds, which were souls, flew as many as midges.

Mss: 166bˣ(47v), papp15ˣ(5v), 738ˣ(82r), 214ˣ(151r), 1441ˣ(585), 10575ˣ(7v-8r), 2797ˣ(235)

Readings: [2] ek: om. 10575ˣ    [3] ek var: var ek 738ˣ    [5] er: en 10575ˣ    [6] svá: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, om. 166bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 53: AI, 636, BI, 644, Skald I, 313; Bugge 1867, 365, Falk 1914, 31, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 17, Fidjestøl 1979, 67, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 82, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 59, 128.

Notes: [4] sviðnir fuglar ‘singed birds’: Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 82) compares an account of an eruption of the Icel. volcano Hekla where onlookers, seeing birds flying into the flames of the eruption, interpreted the sight as souls flying in Hell in Flat (Flat 1860-8, III, 559). For souls as black birds in the flames of Hell cf. the ‘Vision of the Monk of Wenlock’ (Tangl 1916, 11) where the visionary sees miserorum hominum spiritus in similitudine nigrarum avium ‘spirits of wretched men in the likeness of black birds’; the Visio Alberici (Mirra 1932, 91) depicts souls swarming like flies in diabolic fire; Dugg (Cahill 1983, 47) records souls singed in fire.

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