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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 83VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 83’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 357.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Dásamligt fræði        var þér draumi kvadd,
        en þú sázt it sanna;
fyrða engi        var svá fróðr skapaðr,
        er áðr hefði heyrt Sólarljóðs sögu.

Dásamligt fræði var kvadd þér draumi, en þú sázt it sanna; engi fyrða var skapaðr svá fróðr, er áðr hefði heyrt Sólarljóðs sögu.
‘Admirable advice was addressed to you in a dream, but you feared the truth; no man was created so wise that he would have heard ‘Sólarljóð’s’ tale before.

notes and context

This st. occurs in 32 mss though eds have usually rejected it as a later addition. Certainly it adds nothing to st. 82, but as Bugge observes, this is not an adequate reason for deleting it. It imposes on the poem the dream-framework common in literary and in later medieval visions (Dinzelbacher 1981, 229-65).



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 83: AI, 640, Bugge 1867, 370, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 89.


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