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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 10VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 459-60.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Rakkr dróttinn fremr rekka
ríkr ástgjöfum slíkum
(þeim er sigr ok sómi)
sólar fróns (at þjóna).
Syngr óskalof lengi
landherr spökum anda

{Ríkr rakkr dróttinn {fróns sólar}} fremr rekka slíkum ástgjöfum, þeim er sigr ok sómi at þjóna. Landherr syngr lengi óskalof spökum anda
‘The mighty, bold lord of the land of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] assists men with such love-gifts, which are a victory and an honour to gain. The army on earth [i.e. Christians] sings for a long time wished for-praise to the wise spirit …

notes and context

[5-8]: Repetition of a second stef, the two last ll. of which are not preserved, is indicated by the obelos symbol in the right-hand margin beside fol. 10r, l. 20.



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 [XIII], C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur 10: AII, 161-2, BII, 177, Skald II, 93; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 54, Rydberg 1907, 2, 46, Attwood 1996a, 57-8, 153.


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