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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 18VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 885.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Byskup* eftir bænir feskar
beiðir jarl til dráps að leiða;
höggið náði hann að þiggja
og hæstum sig gaf drottni kæstum.
Jartegnir, sem jafnan birtaz,
andi guðs á váru landi
unnið hefir fyr ástvin þenna
ótal manns til heilsubótar.

Jarl beiðir að leiða byskup* til dráps eftir feskar bænir; hann náði að þiggja höggið og gaf sig hæstum kæstum drottni. Guðs andi hefir unnið jartegnir, sem jafnan birtaz á váru landi fyr ástvin þenna til heilsubótar ótal manns.
‘The earl demands that the bishop be led to death after his beautiful prayers; he accepted the blow and gave himself to the highest dearest Lord. God’s spirit has worked miracles, which still are revealed in our country by means of this dear friend for the healing of a countless number of people.

notes and context

[5-8]: At least one example of a pilgrimage to a local shrine of Blaise, at Breiðholt, near Reykjavík, is mentioned in Þorláks saga (Jón Helgason 1978, 373), in which a man who had lost the power of speech vowed to give some oil to the saint (c. 1325).



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 XIV], [B. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd 18: AII, 515, BII, 567, Skald II, 311, NN §§1767, 1771, 2156, Anm., 2889; Kahle 1898, 94, 113.


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