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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 26VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 95-6.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Hverr myndi s hendir
harðgeðr loga fjarðar,
éla ranns (ef ynni)
ítr … (þér) rítar,
at, þreknenninn, þinni
…, sættandi, mætti
ógrátandi, ýta,
ormlands hjá kvǫl standa?

{Ítr … {rítar {ranns éla}}}, {hverr hendir {loga fjarðar}} myndi s harðgeðr, ef ynni þér, at {… {ormlands}} mætti standa ógrátandi hjá þinni kvǫl, {þreknenninn sættandi ýta}?
‘Glorious … of the shield of the house of storms [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God (= Christ)], which distributor of the fire of the fjord [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] could [be] so hard-minded, if he loved you, that [he], a … of the snake-land [GOLD > MAN] might stand unweeping by your Passion, powerful reconciler of men [= God (= Christ)]?

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 26: AI, 565-6, BI, 555, Skald I, 269; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 21, Kempff 1867, 5-6, Rydberg 1907, 24-5, Black 1971, 205, Attwood 1996a, 228.


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