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Anon Sól 76VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 76’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 349-50.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
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text and translation

Bjúgvör ok Listvör        sitja í Herðis dyrum
        organs stóli á;
járnadreyri        fellr ór nösum þeim;
        sá vekr fjón með firum.

Bjúgvör ok Listvör sitja á organs stóli í Herðis dyrum; járnadreyri fellr ór nösum þeim; sá vekr fjón með firum.
 
‘Bjúgvör and Listvör sit on an organ stool in Herðir’s doorway; iron blood falls from their nostrils; that awakens hatred among men.

notes and context

Both this st. and st. 77 sketch the power of what are presented as malevolent female figures, who awaken feelings of hatred (st. 76) and lust (st. 77) among men.

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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 76: AI, 639, BI, 647-8, Skald I, 315, NN §§1273, 2564E; Bugge 1867, 369, Falk 1914, 48, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 22, Fidjestøl 1979, 70, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 99-100, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 82, 146.

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