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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Himins heiti I — Þul Himins IIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Himins heiti I’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 905. <> (accessed 21 September 2021)


Níu eru himnar         á hæð talðir;
veit ek inn nezta,         sá es Vindbláinn,
sá es Heiðornir         ok Hreggmímir;
annarr heitir         Andlangr himinn
— þat máttu skilja —         þriði Víðbláinn;
Víðfeðmi kveðk         vesa inn fjórða,
Hrjóðr — ok Hlýrni         hygg inn sétta —
Gimir, Vetmímir;         get ek nú vesa
átta himna         upp um talða;
Skatyrnir stendr         skýjum efri;
hann es útan         alla heima.
‘Nine heavens are counted on high; I know the lowest, it is Vindbláinn, it is Heiðornir and Hreggmímir; the second is called Andlangr himinn – you can understand that – the third [is] Víðbláinn; Víðfeðmir I say is the fourth; Hrjóðr – and Hlýrnir I believe is the sixth – Gimir, Vetmímir; I say that now eight heavens have been counted; Skatyrnir stands above the clouds; it is beyond all the worlds.

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