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Anon Sól 68VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 68’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 344.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
676869

Allar ógnir        fær þú eigi vitat,
        þær sem helgengnir hafa;
sætar synðir        verða at sárum bótum;
        æ koma mein eptir munuð.

Þú fær eigi vitat allar ógnir, þær sem helgengnir hafa; sætar synðir verða at sárum bótum; mein koma æ eptir munuð.

You will never get to know all the terrors which those who have gone to Hell have; sweet sins turn into bitter compensations; injuries always come after pleasure.

Mss: 166bˣ(48r), papp15ˣ(6v), 738ˣ(83r), 167b 6ˣ(3v), 214ˣ(151v-152r), 1441ˣ(586), 10575ˣ(9v), 2797ˣ(236)

Readings: [3] þær: om. papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, þá 214ˣ    [5] verða: verði 10575ˣ;    at: á papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ;    bótum: ljótum 738ˣ    [6] æ: er 738ˣ;    mein: menn 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 638, Skj BI, 646, Skald I, 315; Bugge 1867, 367, Falk 1914, 39, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 20, Fidjestøl 1979, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 95, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 74, 142.

Notes: [2] fær þú eigi vitat ‘you will never get to know’: Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 95) notes a parallel use of the inexpressibility topos for the torments of Hell in Has 39. — [6] æ koma mein eptir munuð: The l. sounds proverbial; Paasche (1914b, 52) notes a close parallel in Peter Damian’s C10th poem Rhythmus de die mortis, st. 7 where dulcedo carnis ‘the sweetness of the flesh’ is turned into bitterness.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Fidjestøl, Bjarne, ed. 1979a. Sólarljóð: Tydning og Tolkningsgrunnlag. Nordisk Instituts skrifteserie 4. Bergen, Oslo and Tromsø: Universitetsforlaget.
  4. Björn Magnússon Ólsen, ed. 1915a. Sólarljóð: gefin út með skíringum og athugasemdum. Safn til sögu Íslands og íslenzkra bókmenta 5.1. Reykjavík: Prentsmiðja Gutenberg.
  5. Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1867. Norrœn fornkvæði. Islandsk samling af folkelige oldtidsdigte om nordens guder og heroer. Almindelig kaldet Sæmundar Edda hins frøda. Christiania (Oslo): Malling. Rpt. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 1965.
  6. Falk, Hjalmar, ed. 1914a. Sólarljóð. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter II. Hist.-filos. kl. 7. 2 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  7. Njörður P. Njarðvik, ed. 1991. Sólarljóð. Útgáfa og umfjöllun. Íslensk Rit 10. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands og Menningarsjóður.
  8. Njörður P. Njarðvik. 1993. Solsången. Akademisk avhandling för filosofiedoktorsexamen i nordiska språk. Göteborgs universitet: Institutionen för svensk språket.
  9. Paasche, Fredrik. 1914. Kristendom og kvad: En studie i norrøn middelalder. Christiania (Oslo): Aschehoug. Rpt. in Paasche 1948, 29-212.
  10. Internal references
  11. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 106-7.
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