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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 71VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 71’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 346-7.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Menn sá ek þá,        er mjök höfðu
        hungri farit hörund;
englar guðs        lutu öllum þeim;
        þat er it æzta unað.

Ek sá menn þá, er mjök höfðu farit hörund hungri; englar guðs lutu þeim öllum; þat er it æzta unað.
‘I saw men then who had greatly afflicted their flesh with hunger; God’s angels bowed to them all; that is the highest delight.

notes and context

[5-6]: These ll. are missing or semi-legible in 167b 6ˣ due to a damaged leaf. For praise of the ascetic life, cf. Hsv 116. — [6]: Emendation is required here. It is necessary to insert the n. def. art. it to accompany æzta n. nom. sg. weak adj.



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 71: AI, 638, BI, 647, Skald I, 315, NN §2564D; Bugge 1867, 368, Falk 1914, 45, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 21, Fidjestøl 1979, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 69, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 77, 143.


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