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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 53VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 120-1.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Slík styrkja mik merki,
minn guð, … þinna,
þótt atferðin yrði
ór herfilig stórum,
leiptra hróts at láta
láðvaldr muni aldri
glaðr, ef glœpa iðrumk,
glóða mik fyr róða.

Slík merki þinna … styrkja mik, minn guð, þótt ór atferðin yrði stórum herfilig, at {{{{glaðr láð}valdr glóða} hróts} leiptra} muni aldri láta mik fyr róða, ef iðrumk glœpa.
‘Such tokens of your … strengthen me, my God, even though our [my] behaviour were to become very shameful, that the glad ruler of the land of the fires of the roof of lightnings [(lit. ‘land-ruler of the fires of the roof of lightnings’) SKY/HEAVEN > HEAVENLY BODIES > SKY/HEAVEN > = God] will never cast me to the winds, if I repent of my sins.

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 53: AI, 569-70, BI, 561-2, Skald I, 271, NN §§1210, 2926, 2934; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 30, Kempff 1867, 16, Rydberg 1907, 29, Jón Helgason 1935-6, 260, Black 1971, 270, Attwood 1996a, 235.


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