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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 64VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 64’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 130-1.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Létum hróðr, þanns heitir
Harmsól, fetilkjóla
fyr hugprúða hríðar
herðendr borinn verða.
Mér biði hverr, es heyrir,
heimspenni, brag þenna,
œski-Þrór ok eirar
unnrǫðla miskunnar.

Létum hróðr, þanns heitir Harmsól, verða borinn fyr {hugprúða herðendr {hríðar {fetilkjóla}}}. {Hverr œski-Þrór {unnrǫðla}}, es heyrir þenna brag, biði mér {heimspenni} miskunnar ok eirar.
‘We [I] caused the praise-poem, which is called ‘Harmsól’, to be borne before strong-minded hardeners of the storm of strap-ships [SHIELDS > BATTLE > WARRIORS]. May each craving-Þrór <= Óðinn> of wave-suns [GOLD > MAN] who hears this poem, ask the world-clasper [= God] for mercy and compassion for me.

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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 64: AI, 571, BI, 564-5, Skald I, 274, NN §2114; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 33-4; Kempff 1867, 19, Rydberg 1907, 31-2, Black 1971, 298, Attwood 1996a, 238.


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