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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, 142

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2 — Anon Leið 2VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 142.

Fyrr kveðk frægjan harra
fagrgims, þanns ræðr himni,
hás at hróðri þessum
hreggranns an kyn seggja.
Æstik aflamestan
orðgnóttar mér dróttin;
hrœrð skulu mín til mærðar
málgǫgn, en lið þagni.

Kveðk {frægjan harra {fagrgims {hás hreggranns}}}, þanns ræðr himni, at hróðri þessum fyrr an kyn seggja. Æstik aflamestan dróttin orðgnóttar mér; málgǫgn mín skulu hrœrð til mærðar, en lið þagni.

I call upon {the famous king {of the fair jewel {of the high storm-house}}} [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God], the one who rules heaven, [to hear] this praise-poem before the kinsfolk of men. I request the most powerful lord for word-abundance for myself; my speech-organs shall be stirred into praise, and let the people keep silent.

Mss: B(10r), 624(85), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [6] orðgnóttar: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘ord gno[...]r’ B

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 2: AI, 618, BI, 622, Skald I, 302-3; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 57, Rydberg 1907, 4, Attwood 1996a, 60, 171.

Notes: [1-4] harra fagrgims hás hreggranns ‘king of the fair jewel of the high storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God]’: Heaven-kennings of the ‘abode of the storm’ type are very common in the C12th drápur and seem to be a favourite of the Leið poet. Cf. jǫfurr hás hreggranns ‘prince of the high storm-house’ (17/1-2) and gramr hreggranns ‘prince of the storm-house’ (25/5-6). For comparable kennings, see Has 1/1-2, Geisl 64/5-6 and Mdr 24/2. Also comparable in terms of reference to God as lord of the sun, is Geisl 18/8. — [6] orðgnóttar mér dróttin: Cf. Geisl 10/2: orðgnóttar biðk dróttin.

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