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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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, 303

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11 — Anon Sól 11VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 303.

Sáttir þeir urðu        Sváfaðr ok Skartheðinn;
        hvárgi mátti annars án vera,
fyrr en þeir ædduz
        fyr einni konu;
        hon var þeim til lýta lagin.

Þeir Sváfaðr ok Skartheðinn urðu sáttir; hvárgi mátti vera án annars, fyrr en þeir ædduz fyr einni konu; hon var lagin þeim til lýta.

Sváfaðr and Skartheðinn were on good terms; neither could be without the other, until they went mad over a single woman; she was destined to bring disgrace to them.

Mss: 166bˣ(45v-46r), papp15ˣ(2r), 738ˣ(80v), 167b 6ˣ(2r), 214ˣ(149), 1441ˣ(581-582), 10575ˣ(2v), 2797ˣ(231)

Readings: [1] Sáttir þeir urðu: ‘[...]’ 167b 6ˣ;    Sáttir: sættir 738ˣ;    urðu: váru 2797ˣ    [2] Sváfaðr: ‘suafødur’ 738ˣ, ‘[...]ur’ 167b 6ˣ;    Skartheðinn: Skarpheðinn 10575ˣ    [3] án: ‘[...] án’ 167b 6ˣ    [5] einni: eina 214ˣ    [6] lagin: login 214ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 11: AI, 629, BI, 637, Skald I, 309; Bugge 1867, 359, Falk 1914, 5, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 8, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 51, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 17, 97.

Notes: [All]: Falk (1914a, 6) and Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 31) suggest that this exemplum (sts 11-14) is based on Gunnl, but Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 202-3) argues that there is only a general similarity of two friends loving the same woman, and suggests that Hávm 84, 97 and 114 are better parallels to this narrative. — [1]: 167bˣ’s damaged leaf makes the first l. impossible to read. — [5] fyr einni konu (dat.) ‘over a single woman’: Found in 166bˣ, papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, and the great majority of mss; the dative implies ‘in the presence of’. 214ˣ, and 11 other mss mostly derived from it, have eina konu (acc.), the implication of fyr + acc. being ‘on account of, for the sake of’.

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