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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 47VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 114.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Lítk optliga ýta
ólíkan mik fíkjum
— aukumsk sôr í slíku
sótt — ástvinum dróttins.
Þeir bundusk vel vándra
verka ógnar sterkir,
brigða skjótt ok bœttu
bógsvells metendr, ella.

Lítk mik optliga fíkjum ólíkan {ástvinum {dróttins ýta}}; sôr sótt aukumsk í slíku. {Þeir metendr {bógsvells}}, sterkir ógnar, bundusk vel vándra verka ok bœttu ella brigða skjótt.
‘I see myself often [as] terribly unlike the dear friends of the lord of men [= God > SAINTS]; bitter distress increases for me because of this. Those valuers of arm’s ice [SILVER > MEN], strong in battle, kept themselves well away from evil deeds, or else made amends extremely quickly.

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 47: AI, 569, BI, 560, Skald I, 272; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 28, Kempff 1867, 14, Rydberg 1907, 28, Black 1971, 256, Attwood 1996a, 233.


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