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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 18VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 156-7.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

sunnudag ‘on a Sunday’

sunnudagr (noun m.): Sunday


unnit ‘accomplished’

2. vinna (verb): perform, work


Þusti ‘rushed’

þysja (verb): [rushed]


hafs ‘the ocean’s’

haf (noun n.; °-s; *-): sea


heiðit ‘The heathen’

heiðinn (adj.): heathen


vann ‘brought about’

2. vinna (verb): perform, work


ljóti ‘ugly’

ljótr (adj.): ugly


Pharaóni ‘for Pharaoh’

Pharao (noun m.): [for Pharaoh]


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Sts 18-20 tell of events in the Old Testament book of Exodus. The account of the exodus from Egypt is in Exod. XII.31-42. The Egyptians’ pursuit of the Israelites, and the subsequent drowning of the Pharaonic army in the Red Sea is described in Exod. XIV.23-8.


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