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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 46VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 46’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 327-8.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Vánarstjarna fló        — þá var ek fæddr —
        burt frá brjósti mér;
hátt at hon fló;        hvergi hon settiz,
        svát hon mætti hvílð hafa.

Vánarstjarna fló burt frá brjósti mér; þá var ek fæddr; hon fló hátt at; hon settiz hvergi, svát hon mætti hafa hvílð.
‘A star of hope flew away from my breast; then I was born; it flew on high; nowhere did it come down so that it might have rest.

notes and context

[4] at: Present in all mss, but its significance is uncertain. Some eds (e.g. Skj B, Falk) delete, but, if retained (so Bugge, Björn M. Ólsen, Skald, Fidjestøl and Njörður Njarðvík), it must be part of a verb-adv. collocation, hon fló hátt at ‘it flew on high’.



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 46: AI, 635, BI, 642-3, Skald I, 313, NN §2815; Bugge 1867, 364, Falk 1914, 19, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 16, Fidjestøl 1979, 66, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 77, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 52, 128.


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