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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 23VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 888.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

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Særðan vildu svíkarar myrða,
sökkva í vatn, og grjótstein nökkurn
remma þessir rekkar grimmir
ríkuliga við háls á líki.
Fullr af miskunn flaut með hellu;
fundinn var hann á djúpu sundi;
háleit dýrð með heiðr og sælu
Hallvarðs skínn um Nóreg allan.

Svíkarar vildu myrða særðan, sökkva í vatn, og þessir grimmir rekkar remma ríkuliga grjótstein nökkurn við háls á líki. Fullr af miskunn flaut með hellu; hann var fundinn á djúpu sundi; háleit dýrð Hallvarðs skínn með heiðr og sælu um allan Nóreg.
‘The traitors wanted to conceal the wounded [man], sink [him] into water, and these cruel men forcefully tie a stone around the neck of the corpse. Full of mercy he floated with the stone slab; he was found on the deep fjord; the sublime glory of Hallvarðr shines with honour and bliss through all Norway.

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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 XIV], [B. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd 23: AII, 516, BII, 568, Skald II, 312, NN §§3379, 3381; Kahle 1898, 95, 113.


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