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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 35VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 171.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Þats rétt, at dag dróttins
dǫglingr myni hingat
lopts ok lýðum skipta
ljósgims koma af himnum.
Oss skyldi sú aldri
ógnartíð in stríða
— drótt biði sikling sátta
sólvangs — ór hug ganga.

Þats rétt, at {dǫglingr {lopts {ljósgims}}} myni koma hingat af himnum dróttins dag ok skipta lýðum. Sú in stríða ógnartíð skyldi oss aldri ganga ór hug; drótt biði {sikling {sólvangs}} sátta.
‘It is true that the king of the loft of the light-jewel [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] will come here from the heavens on the Lord’s day and divide people. That severe time of terror should never go out of our minds; let the people beg the prince of the sun-plain [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] for reconciliation.

notes and context

St. 35 is the last in 624. — [5-8]: This helmingr is very similar to the account of the Second Coming and Last Judgement in Has 37/5-8.



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 35: AI, 624-5, BI, 631, Skald I, 306; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 67, Rydberg 1907, 9, Attwood 1996a, 69, 179.


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