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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 34VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 34’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 318-19.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

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Vil ok dul        tælir virða sonu,
        þá er fíkjaz á fé;
ljósir aurar        verða at löngum trega;
        margan hefr auðr apat.

Vil ok dul tælir sonu virða, þá er fíkjaz á fé; ljósir aurar verða trega at löngum; auðr hefr apat margan.
‘Desire and delusion trap the sons of men, those who are greedy for wealth; shining pieces of silver turn to grief in the long run; riches have made a monkey of many a man.

notes and context



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 34: AI, 633, BI, 641, Skald I, 311, NN §1779D; Bugge 1867, 362, Falk 1914, 18, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 13, Fidjestøl 1979, 64, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 67-8, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 40, 114.


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