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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

Leiðarvísan (‘Way-Guidance’) — Anon LeiðVII

Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78. <> (accessed 19 September 2021)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [2]. Leiðarvísan, et digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 618-26, BI, 622-33)

SkP info: VII, 150

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11 — Anon Leið 11VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 150.

Fárskerðir býðr fyrðum
friðkunnan dag sunnu
ýtum hollr of allan
aldr dýrliga at halda.
Gefa kvezk mætr í móti
meinhrjóðandi þjóðum
ár með ǫllum tíri
ok frið hreinan.

{Fárskerðir}, hollr ýtum, býðr fyrðum at halda dýrliga friðkunnan sunnu dag of allan aldr. {Mætr meinhrjóðandi} kvezk gefa þjóðum í móti ár ok hreinan frið með ǫllum tíri.

{The misfortune-diminisher} [= God], gracious to men, commands men to observe ceremoniously the peace-known day of the sun thoughout all ages. {The worthy harm-destroyer} [= God] says he will give the peoples in return abundance and pure peace with all glory.

Mss: B(10v), 624(87), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [1] Fárskerðir: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘Fár[...]kerðir’ B    [2] frið‑: friðan 624, friðar 399a‑bˣ;    ‑kunnan: so 624, ‘kunna[...]’ B, kunna(n)(?) 399a‑bˣ    [4] at: so 624, ‘a[...]’ B, a(ð)(?) 399a‑bˣ    [5] í: so 624, á B    [6] meinhrjóðandi: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘mei[...]hrjoðannde’ B    [7] ǫllum: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘o᷎ll[...]m’ B;    tíri: so 624, ‘tír[...]’ B, tír(i)(?) 399a‑bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 11: AI, 620, BI, 625, Skald I, 304; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 60, Rydberg 1907, 5-6, Attwood 1996a, 62-3, 173.

Notes: [1] fárskerðir ‘misfortune-diminisher’: This epithet recalls fárskerðandi m. ‘misfortune-diminisher’, used of S. Óláfr in Geisl 63/7. Neither cpd is attested elsewhere. The two ll. are strikingly similar, the rhyme being with a form of fyrðar ‘men, warriors’ in each case. — [2] friðkunnan ‘peace-known’: Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1844, 60), Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock follow the 399a-bˣ transcriber in reading friðar kunnan, while B reads frið. Interestingly, st. 63/8 in Geisl begins with the cpd friðarsyn ‘vision of peace’.

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