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Anon Sól 69VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 69’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 345.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
686970

‘saw’

2. sjá (verb): see

[1] ek: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, ek sá 166bˣ, 167b 6ˣ

notes

[1] sá ek ‘I saw’: See Note to 61/1 above.

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ek ‘I’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

[1] ek: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, ek sá 166bˣ, 167b 6ˣ

notes

[1] sá ek ‘I saw’: See Note to 61/1 above.

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þá ‘then’

2. þá (adv.): then

[1] þá: þar 738ˣ

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er ‘who’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[2] er: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 2797ˣ, om. 166bˣ, sem 10575ˣ

notes

[2] er ‘who’: See Note to 4/2 above.

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margt ‘much’

2. margr (adj.; °-an): many

[2] margt: mark 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ

notes

[2] margt ‘much’: The virtue of charity is rewarded, but if mark ‘heed’ is adopted from 167b 6ˣ and 214ˣ in place of margt, as Fidjestøl (1979, 55-6) advocates, it becomes a more generalised sentiment about paying heed to God’s laws.

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höfðu ‘had’

hafa (verb): have

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gefit ‘given’

gefa (verb): give

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at ‘according to’

3. at (prep.): at, to

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lögum ‘laws’

lag (noun n.; °-s; *-): layer; (pl.) law

[3] lögum: vilja 1441ˣ

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yfir ‘over’

yfir (prep.): over

[5] yfir: of 10575ˣ

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brendir ‘being burned’

3. brenna (verb; (weak, transitive)): to burn (weak, intr.)

[6] brendir: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, breiddir 166bˣ

notes

[6] brendir ‘(being) burned’: 166bˣ’s breiddir ‘spread’ is a possible if less convincing reading, but it occurs in only one other ms.

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Sts 69-72 employ the Menn sá ek þá formula, by contrast with sts 61-7, to give examples of people who had performed good deeds.

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