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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 21VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 887.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Kóngrinn rieð með sætleik syngja,
svikarinn ..... …
síðan ... lagði hann sjóla prúðum
sverði í brjóst … herðar.
Knútur má nú kristni veita
kallaz hann … Danmörk …
… og hjálpin feska;.....
herrans dýrð mun aldri þverra.

Kóngrinn rieð syngja með sætleik, svikarinn … síðan lagði hann sverði í brjóst prúðum sjóla … herðar. Knútur má nú veita kristni … hann kallaz Danmörk … og feska hjálpin; dýrð herrans mun aldri þverra.
‘The king sang sweetly, the traitor … later he he thrust the sword through the chest of the magnificent king … shoulders. Knútr can now grant Christianity … he is called Denmark … and good help; the glory of the Lord will never end.

notes and context

[2]: To Kahle (1898, 95) ‘ um’ was visible after svikarinn. ‘The traitor’, viz. Eyvindr bifra. — [4]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) conjecture og út um herðar ‘and out through the shoulders’. — [6]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald; NN §3380) propose kallaz hann um Danmörk alla ‘he is called over all Denmark’. — [7]: Kock (Skald; NN §3380) supplies horsklig vörn ‘wise defence’ to fill the lacuna at the beginning of the l.



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 21: AII, 515, BII, 567-8, Skald II, 311, NN §§3379, 3380; Kahle 1898, 95, 113.


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