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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 8VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 300-1.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Auði né heilsu        ræðr enginn maðr,
        þótt honum gangi greitt;
margan þat sækir,        er minst of varir;
        enginn ræðr sættum sjálfr.

Enginn maðr ræðr auði né heilsu, þótt honum gangi greitt; þat sækir margan, er minst of varir; enginn ræðr sjálfr sættum.
‘No man has control over riches or health, though it may go smoothly for him; what he least expects comes upon many a man; no one can set his own terms.

notes and context

The thought of sts 8-9 is paralleled in Hávm 78, which tells of the misfortune of Fitjungr’s sons.



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 8: AI, 629, BI, 636, Skald I, 309, NN §2146; Bugge 1867, 358, Falk 1914, 4, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 8, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 47, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 14, 94.


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