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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 58VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 58’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 337-8.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Dreyrga steina        þær inar dökku konur
        drógu daprliga;
blóðug hjörtu        hengu þeim fyr brjóst utan
        mædd við miklum trega.

Þær inar dökku konur drógu daprliga dreyrga steina; blóðug hjörtu hengu þeim fyr brjóst utan, mædd við miklum trega.
‘Those dark women were sorrowfully dragging gory stones; bloody hearts hung outside their breasts, exhausted by great grief.

notes and context

[5]: The l. is hypermetrical. Torn breasts are mentioned as a punishment in the Visio Alberici (Mirra 1932, 88) where sinful women are forced to suckle snakes because they would not feed orphan children.



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 58: AI, 636, BI, 644-5, Skald I, 314; Bugge 1867, 366, Falk 1914, 38, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 18, Fidjestøl 1979, 68, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 89-90, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 64, 136.


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