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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 13VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 538-9.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur

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Vitraz honum sæl snót
sýnum var hun ófrýn
við keyri kafþjórs
kænum, er hann svaf á bæn.
En heilög hring-Sól
heiðar þótti vera reið
— randa leiz svá róg-Þund —
röðuls og óglöð.

Sæl snót vitraz {kænum keyri {kafþjórs}}, er hann svaf á bæn; hun var ófrýn sýnum við honum. En heilög {{{röðuls heiðar} hring-}Sól} þótti vera reið og óglöð; svá leiz {{randa róg-}Þund}.
‘The blessed woman appears to the skilful driver of the ox of the deep [SHIP > SEAFARER] as he slept during prayer; she was seemingly frowning at him. But the holy Sól <goddess> of the ring of the heath of the sun [(lit. ‘ring-Sól of the heath of the sun’) SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = Mary] seemed to be angry and unhappy; so it appeared to the Þundr <= Óðinn> of the strife of shields [(lit. ‘strife-Þundr of shields’) BATTLE > WARRIOR].

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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.

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ÍM II, 131.


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