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Anon Sól 36VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 319-20.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Lútr ek sat;        lengi ek hölluðumz;
        mjök var ek þá lystr at lifa;
en sá réð,        sem ríkr var;
        frammi eru feigs götur.

Ek sat lútr; ek hölluðumz lengi; ek var þá mjök lystr at lifa; en sá réð, sem ríkr var; götur feigs eru frammi.
‘I sat bowed; I was leaning over for a long time; I was then very eager to live; but he prevailed, who was powerful; the doomed man’s roads are at an end.

notes and context



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 36: AI, 633, BI, 641, Skald I, 312; Bugge 1867, 363, Falk 1914, 18, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 14, Fidjestøl 1979, 65, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 68, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 42, 115.


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