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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Sól 62VII

[6] óheillum ‘misfortunes’: Being unfortunate is not one of the usual sins, unlike öfund ‘envy’ (st. 61), covetousness (st. 63), theft (st. 64), failure to attend divine service (st. 65), pride (st. 66) and slander (st. 67) which can be paralleled in other visions of Hell, and in sermon exempla. The word produces an unmetrical l., so it is possible that originally a different noun stood in its place. NN §2147D and Skald change the w.o. of the l. to at óheillum apask. Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 92) suggests that worldliness has led these men from the path of righteousness.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Njörður P. Njarðvik, ed. 1991. Sólarljóð. Útgáfa og umfjöllun. Íslensk Rit 10. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands og Menningarsjóður.


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