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Anon Leið 16VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 155.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
151617

text and translation

Reiddi rǫngum studdan
ramn þjóðtraðar Glamma
flóð, áðr foldu næði
fjǫlkœnn Nói grœnni,
en, þás ǫrk á landi
ólesta vel festi,
þjóð af þram-Val prúðum
— þat vas dróttins dag — sótti*.

Flóð reiddi {rǫngum studdan ramn {þjóðtraðar Glamma}}, áðr fjǫlkœnn Nói næði grœnni foldu, en, þás ǫrk festi vel ólesta á landi, sótti* þjóð af {prúðum þram-Val}; þat vas dróttins dag.
 
‘A flood tossed the rib-supported raven of the highway of Glammi <sea-king> [SEA > SHIP], before very wise Noah could reach green land, and once the Ark was moored quite unbroken to the land, the people proceeded from the magnificent rim-Valr <horse> [SHIP]; that was on the Lord’s day.

notes and context

The story of Noah’s flood is recounted in Gen. VI.9-IX.17. The exodus from the Ark is described in Gen. VIII.13-IX.17. Although the Noah story appears in the Sunday Lists preserved in Pseudo-Wulfstan Sermon XLV and the OIr. Cáin Domnaig, the Flood and the exodus from the Ark occur together, apart from here, only in the MHG homilies (see Introduction; Attwood 2003, 73). — [8]: B’s ‘sottizt’, indicating m.v. sóttisk ‘to be advanced (of a work in hand), be passed (of a road or distance)’, does not fit the context here. Skj B (following a suggestion of Konráð Gíslason mentioned in a n. to Skj A) and Skald emend to sótti* and this is followed here.

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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: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 16: AI, 621, BI, 626, Skald I, 304, NN §2983; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 61, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 64, 174.

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