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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 61VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 61’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 339-40.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Menn sá ek þá,        er mjök ala
        öfund um annars hagi;
blóðgar rúnir        váru á brjósti þeim
        merkðar meinliga.

Ek sá menn þá, er mjök ala öfund um hagi annars; blóðgar rúnir váru merkðar meinliga á brjósti þeim.
‘I saw men then who greatly nourish envy of another’s affairs; bloody runes were painfully marked on their breasts [lit. breast].

notes and context

Each st. of sts 61-7 begins with the same formula Menn sá ek þá ‘I saw men then’, describing various torments of the damned; cf. the same stylistic technique used in the sól ek sá sts 39-45. — [4-6]: Falk compares Rev. XIII.16 for the mark of the beast and VII.2-3 for the sealing of the blessed.



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 61: AI, 637, BI, 645, Skald I, 314; Bugge 1867, 366-7, Falk 1914, 38, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 19, Fidjestøl 1979, 68, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 91-2, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 66, 138.


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