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Himins heiti I — Þul Himins IIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

 

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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