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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Líkn 46VII

[5-8] leiðum ... fyr várs hjarta sjónir ... meinlæti ‘let us bring ... before our heart’s eyes ... the torments’: The idiom is leiða e-t augum ‘to lead something to the eyes, to make something the object of sight’ (see e.g. Hym 13/7-8 [NK 90] and Fritzner: leiða 7). This seems to be the only occurrence with fyr(ir) (but cf. setja fyr augu ‘set before the eyes’ 42/4); it may suggest not only bringing but holding the object before one in sustained contemplation.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.
  3. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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