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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 23VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 93.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Yðr nam annarr kveðja
illvirki svá, stillir
hás, þás hræddisk píslir,
hríðar nausts, með trausti:
‘minnsk þú, mildingr sunnu,
mín,’ kvað bauga tínir,
‘þ*itt — ák hag til hættan
heldr — es kemr í veldi.’

Annarr illvirki nam kveðja yðr svá með trausti, þás hræddisk píslir, {stillir {hás nausts hríðar}}: ‘{mildingr sunnu}, minnsk þú mín,’ kvað {tínir bauga}, ‘es kemr í veldi þ*itt: ák heldr til hættan hag.’
‘The other malefactor began to call on you thus with faith, when he dreaded torments, ruler of the high boatshed of the tempest [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]: ‘prince of the sun [= God (= Christ)], remember me,’ said the gatherer of rings [MAN], ‘when you come into your kingdom: I am in a rather too perilous situation’.

notes and context



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: Gamli kanóki, 2. Harmsól 23: AI, 565, BI, 554, Skald I, 269; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 20, Kempff 1867, 7, Rydberg 1907, 24, Black 1971, 198, Attwood 1996a, 227.


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