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Anon Brúðv 27VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 548-9.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur
262728

text and translation

Síðan náði sverðrjóðr
— sveinninn girntiz vera einn —
— skildiz hann við fira fjöld —
fara, þar er auðn var.
Hæstri unni höll Krists
helga sig lagar elgs
hei…, unz önd liet;
endar þar manns sögu kendr.

{Sverðrjóðr} náði síðan fara, þar er var auðn, hann skildiz við fjöld fira; sveinninn girntiz vera einn. {Hei… {elgs lagar}} kendr {hæstri höll Krists}, unni helga sig, unz önd liet; þar endar manns sögu.
 
‘Afterwards the sword-reddener [WARRIOR] managed to go where there was wilderness; he parted from the multitude of men; the youth wanted to be alone. The … of the elk of the sea [SHIP > SEAFARER], belonging to the highest hall of Christ [= Mary], loved to make himself holy, until he gave up life; there the man’s story ends.

notes and context

The prose versions of the legend are not much more forthcoming about the young man’s later life of ascesis. The D version does not mention how he spent the rest of his life, while C tells of his life of penance and prayer (Mar 1871, 775), but does not specify that it was spent in a wilderness. — [5-8]: The ed. is grateful to Ólafur Halldórsson for some very useful suggestions regarding the interpretation of this helmingr.

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ÍM II, 134.

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