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Anon Sól 53VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 333.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
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Frá því er at segja,        hvat ek fyrst um sá,
        þá er ek var í kvölheima kominn;
sviðnir fuglar,        er sálir váru,
        flugu svá margir sem mý.

Frá því er at segja, hvat ek fyrst um sá, þá er ek var kominn í kvölheima; sviðnir fuglar, er sálir váru, flugu svá margir sem mý.
 
‘It must be related what I saw first when I came into the worlds of torment; singed birds, which were souls, flew as many as midges.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 53: AI, 636, BI, 644, Skald I, 313; Bugge 1867, 365, Falk 1914, 31, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 17, Fidjestøl 1979, 67, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 82, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 59, 128.

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