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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 29VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 166-7.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Ótraulla má ǫllu
aldýrr faðir stýra;
sterkr es engr, svát orki
aptrat dróttins krapti.
Gramr skóp hauðr ok himna
hreggranns sem kyn seggja;
einns salkonungr sólar
snjallr hjalpari allra.

Aldýrr faðir má stýra ǫllu ótraulla; engr es sterkr, svát orki aptrat krapti dróttins. {Gramr {hreggranns}} skóp hauðr ok himna sem kyn seggja; {snjallr {sólar sal}konungr} [e]s einn hjalpari allra.
‘The altogether precious father is able to govern everything indefatigably; no one is so strong that he is able to impede the Lord’s power. The king of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] made land and heavens as well as the race of men; the excellent king of the hall of the sun [(lit. ‘hall-king of the sun’) SKY/HEAVEN > = God] is alone the helper of all.

notes and context

[5-8]: The first repeat of the second refrain, indicated in B by an obelos in the right-hand margin.



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 29: AI, 623-4, BI, 629, Skald I, 306; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 65, Rydberg 1907, 8, Attwood 1996a, 67, 178.


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