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Anon Leið 2VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 142.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
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Fyrr kveðk frægjan harra
fagrgims, þanns ræðr himni,
hás at hróðri þessum
hreggranns an kyn seggja.
Æstik aflamestan
orðgnóttar mér dróttin;
hrœrð skulu mín til mærðar
málgǫgn, en lið þagni.

Kveðk {frægjan harra {fagrgims {hás hreggranns}}}, þanns ræðr himni, at hróðri þessum fyrr an kyn seggja. Æstik aflamestan dróttin orðgnóttar mér; málgǫgn mín skulu hrœrð til mærðar, en lið þagni.

I call upon {the famous king {of the fair jewel {of the high storm-house}}} [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God], the one who rules heaven, [to hear] this praise-poem before the kinsfolk of men. I request the most powerful lord for word-abundance for myself; my speech-organs shall be stirred into praise, and let the people keep silent.

Mss: B(10r), 624(85), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [6] orðgnóttar: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘ord gno[...]r’ B

Editions: Skj AI, 618, Skj BI, 622, Skald I, 302-3; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 57, Rydberg 1907, 4, Attwood 1996a, 60, 171.

Notes: [1-4] harra fagrgims hás hreggranns ‘king of the fair jewel of the high storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = God]’: Heaven-kennings of the ‘abode of the storm’ type are very common in the C12th drápur and seem to be a favourite of the Leið poet. Cf. jǫfurr hás hreggranns ‘prince of the high storm-house’ (17/1-2) and gramr hreggranns ‘prince of the storm-house’ (25/5-6). For comparable kennings, see Has 1/1-2, Geisl 64/5-6 and Mdr 24/2. Also comparable in terms of reference to God as lord of the sun, is Geisl 18/8. — [6] orðgnóttar mér dróttin: Cf. Geisl 10/2: orðgnóttar biðk dróttin.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  4. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1844. Fjøgur gømul kvæði. Boðsrit til að hlusta á þá opinberu yfirheyrslu í Bessastaða Skóla þann 22-29 mai 1844. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  6. Internal references
  7. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 498-9.
  8. Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78.
  9. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 15-16.
  10. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 21-2.
  11. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 64’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 59.
  12. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 73-4.
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