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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 18VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 467.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Fróns veitti sá sínum
sauðum líf ept dauða
hirðir framr, er himna
heldr eilífu veldi.
Greindr skínn orð ok andi

{Sá framr hirðir fróns}, er heldr eilífu veldi himna, veitti sínum sauðum líf ept dauða. Greindr andi skínn ok orð …
‘May that outstanding shepherd of the earth [= God], who controls the eternal realm of the heavens, grant to his sheep life after death. The discerning spirit shines and the word …

notes and context

In B, Heildr breaks off at the first l. of the stef previously cited in st. 2. The rest of the poem, which must have included the remainder of the stefjabálkr and the slœmr, or conclusion, is not present, and the scribe goes on immediately, at fol. 10r, l. 39, to the beginning of Leið.


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 18: AII, 163, BII, 180, Skald II, 94; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 56, Rydberg 1907, 3-4, 46, Attwood 1996a, 59-60, 155.


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