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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, 302

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10 — Anon Sól 10VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 302.

Munaðar ríki        hefr margan tregat;
        opt verðr kvalræði af konum;
meingar þær urðu,
        þótt inn mátki guð
        skapaði skírliga.

Ríki munaðar hefr margan tregat; kvalræði verðr opt af konum; þær urðu meingar, þótt inn mátki guð skapaði skírliga.

The power of desire has brought many a man to grief; torment often stems from women; they become harmful, though the mighty God created them purely.

Mss: 166bˣ(45v), papp15ˣ(1v-2r), 738ˣ(80v), 167b 6ˣ(1v), 214ˣ(149v), 1441ˣ(581), 10575ˣ(2v), 2797ˣ(231)

Readings: [1] Munaðar: Mundar 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ    [2] tregat: tregat corrected from ‘svikit’ 1441ˣ    [3] verðr: verða 10575ˣ    [5] inn: honum 214ˣ    [6] skapaði: ‘sk padi’ 167b 6ˣ, skapti 214ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ;    skírliga: ‘[...]’ 167b 6ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 10: AI, 629, BI, 637, Skald I, 309; Bugge 1867, 358, Falk 1914, 5, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 8, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 50, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 16, 96.

Notes: [All]: The unreliability and harmfulness of women is a staple of gnomic poetry; cf. Hávm 84, Hsv 12, 105. — [2] tregat ‘brought to grief’: This is the reading of 60 mss. 166bˣ reads ‘togd’ here; probably superscript <r> has been accidentally omitted. — [6]: 167bˣ has a damaged leaf; ‘sk padi’ is supplied from the catchword of the preceding page.

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