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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

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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 May 2022)

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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, 143-4

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4 — Anon Leið 4VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 143-4.

Víst emk fúss at freista
— fæk ljósum brag hrósat —
láðs fyr lyptimeiðum
linns orðspeki minnar.
Því hefr hreggþjalma hilmir
hreinlyndr gefit eina
oss, til óðar þessa
orðgnótt, at skalk njóta.

Víst emk fúss at freista orðspeki minnar fyr {lyptimeiðum {linns láðs}}; fæk hrósat ljósum brag. Því eina hefr {hreinlyndr hilmir {hreggþjalma}} gefit oss orðgnótt, at skalk njóta til óðar þessa.

Truly I am eager to try my word-wisdom before {the lifting-poles {of the serpent’s land}} [GOLD > MEN]; I can praise the bright poem. For that purpose only has {the pure-minded prince {of the storm-enclosure}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] given us [me] word-abundance, so that I can use [it] for this poem.

Mss: B(10r), 624(86)

Readings: [4] minnar: minni B, 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 4: AI, 619, BI, 623, Skald I, 303; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 58, Rydberg 1907, 4, Attwood 1996a, 60-1, 171.

Notes: [3] láðs fyr lyptimeiðum: Cf. Has 18/3 láðs við lyptimeiða, and the phonetically-similar l. Pl 31/3 láðhofs lypti-Móða. In the Leið and Has examples, the man-kennings completed by the alliterating word in the following ll. are identical. — [4] minnar ‘my’: Skj B and Skald emend to minnar to agree with orðspeki ‘word-wisdom’ f. gen. sg., since freista (l.1) takes a gen. object.

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