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VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

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Leiðarvísan (‘Way-Guidance’) — Anon LeiðVII

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

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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, 171

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35 — Anon Leið 35VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 171.

Þats rétt, at dag dróttins
dǫglingr myni hingat
lopts ok lýðum skipta
ljósgims koma af himnum.
Oss skyldi sú aldri
ógnartíð in stríða
— drótt biði sikling sátta
sólvangs — ór hug ganga.

Þats rétt, at {dǫglingr {lopts {ljósgims}}} myni koma hingat af himnum dróttins dag ok skipta lýðum. Sú in stríða ógnartíð skyldi oss aldri ganga ór hug; drótt biði {sikling {sólvangs}} sátta.

It is true that {the king {of the loft {of the light-jewel}}} [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] will come here from the heavens on the Lord’s day and divide people. That severe time of terror should never go out of our minds; let the people beg {the prince {of the sun-plain}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] for reconciliation.

Mss: B(11r), 624(90)

Readings: [2] myni: ‘mune’ B, 624    [4] ljósgims: ljóðgims B, ‘hliod fims’ 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 35: AI, 624-5, BI, 631, Skald I, 306; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 67, Rydberg 1907, 9, Attwood 1996a, 69, 179.

Notes: [All]: St. 35 is the last in 624. — [4] ljósgims ‘of the light-jewel [SUN]’: B reads ljóðgims, a hap. leg. which can be glossed ‘poem-gem’, but is difficult to make sense of here. Sveinbjörn Egilsson emended (n. to 444(2)ˣ) to ljósgim ‘light-jewel’ (cf. the sun-heiti fagrgim ‘fair jewel’ in 2/2). — [5-8]: This helmingr is very similar to the account of the Second Coming and Last Judgement in Has 37/5-8. — [7-8] sikling sólvangs ‘the prince of the sun-plain [SKY/HEAVEN > = God ( = Christ)]’: Although sólvangr ‘sun-plain’ is hap. leg., the kenning is reminiscent of siklingr landa sólar ‘prince of the lands of the sun’, used of Christ in 26/1-2. Similar are the God-kennings siklingr bóls sólar ‘prince of the abode of the sun’ in Geisl 67/5-6 and siklingr ranns sólar ‘prince of the house of the sun’ in Gamlkan Jóndr 1/5.

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