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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 6VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 456-7.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Enn móð í styr stríðum,
sterkr græðari, skæðu
eflið ýgra djöfla,
aldar … fyri valdi.
Prýðir önd í andar
orrostu mannkostum,
né drengjum þar þröngva
þrír óvinir skírum.

Sterkr græðari aldar, enn eflið móð … í stríðum styr fyri skæðu valdi ýgra djöfla. Prýðir önd mannkostum í orrostu andar, né þröngva þrír óvinir þar skírum drengjum.
‘Mighty healer of mankind, you still strengthen courage … in the harsh battle against the dangerous power of vicious devils. You equip the soul with virtues in the battle of the spirit, neither do the three enemies subdue pure men there.

notes and context

[4]: B is badly torn. Traces of the last letter (possibly a t) are visible, but no further traces remain. 399a-bˣ, BRydberg and BFJ read final st with certainty. Sveinbjörn Egilsson suggests reconstruction to adv. mest ‘most’, qualifying eflið móð ‘you strengthen courage’ (ll. 1, 3). This reconstruction is adopted by Skj B and Skald. Rydberg (1907, 1 n. 12) suggests emendation to brjóst, acc. sing. of brjóstr ‘breast’, construing enn eflið (þér) í styr stríðum móð brjóst fyr skœðu valdi ygra diǫfla ‘still you strengthen your courage in the harsh battle against the dangerous power of vicious devils’.



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 6: AII, 161, BII, 176, Skald II, 92; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 53, Rydberg 1907, 1-2, 45, Attwood 1996a, 56, 152.


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