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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 44VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 112-13.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

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Leygs hefr dánardœgri
dáðreyndr jǫfurr leynða
svana flugreinar sínu
sviptendr jǫru skriptar,
þvít frónspennir finna
fagrtjalda vill aldri
dœlar seiðs við dauða
dúnmeiða vanbúna.

{Dáðreyndr jǫfurr {leygs {flugreinar svana}}} hefr leynða {sviptendr {skriptar jǫru}} dánardœgri sínu, þvít {{fagrtjalda frón}spennir} vill aldri finna {{{dœlar seiðs} dún}meiða} vanbúna við dauða.
‘The deed-proven prince of the flame of the flying-land of swans [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God] has concealed from the brisk movers of the icon of battle [SHIELD > WARRIORS] their death-day, because the clasper of the fair tents of the earth [(lit. ‘earth-clasper of the fair tents’) SKY/HEAVEN > = God] wishes never to find the trees of the feather-bed of the fish of the dell [(lit. ‘feather-bed-trees of the fish of the dell’) SNAKE > GOLD > MEN] unprepared for death.

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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 44: AI, 568, BI, 559, Skald I, 271; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 27, Kempff 1867, 13, Konráð Gíslason and Eiríkur  Jónsson 1875-89, II, 356, Rydberg 1907, 27-8, Black 1971, 250, Attwood 1996a, 233.


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