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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 36VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 172.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

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Dag metr sinn at sǫnnu
snjallastr konungr allra
eljunkuðr of aðrar
alfríðar hátíðir.
Dýrka dýrligs verka
dáðsterks hǫfuðmerki
— rétt segjum — dag dróttins
drjúgmǫrg himintǫrgu.

{Snjallastr konungr allra}, eljunkuðr, metr dag sinn at sǫnnu of aðrar alfríðar hátíðir. {Drjúgmǫrg hǫfuðmerki verka} dýrka dag {dýrligs dáðsterks dróttins {himintǫrgu}}; segjum rétt.
‘The most valiant king of all [= God], known for his energy, rates his day in truth higher than other most glorious festivals. Very numerous chief testimonies of deeds [HOLY WRITINGS] celebrate the day of the glorious, deed-strong lord of the heaven-shield [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; we [I] tell it correctly.

notes and context



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 36: AI, 625, BI, 631, Skald I, 307; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 67, Rydberg 1907, 9-10, Attwood 1996a, 69, 179.


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