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Anon Leið 38VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 173.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

Verðim vér ok fyrðar
— vili svá faðir skilja —
hilmis frægs til hœgri
handar allra landa,
ok heim dýrstr frá dómi
dagskeiðs jǫfurr leiði
oss frá ótta hvǫssum
ǫll til himna hallar.

Verðim vér ok fyrðar til hœgri handar {frægs hilmis allra landa} — vili faðir skilja svá —, ok {dýrstr jǫfurr {dagskeiðs}} leiði oss ǫll frá hvǫssum ótta, frá dómi, heim til {hallar himna}.

May we [I] and [other] men be at the right hand {of the famous ruler of all lands} [= God] — may the Father be willing to decide thus — and may {the most dear prince {of the day-course}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] lead us all from acute fear, from judgement, home to {the hall of the heavens} [SKY/HEAVEN].

Mss: B(11r), 399a-bˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 625, Skj BI, 631-2, Skald I, 307, NN §3251; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 68, Rydberg 1907, 10, Attwood 1996a, 69, 180.

Notes: [1] fyrðar (m. nom. pl.) ‘men’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends to fyrða (gen. pl.) ‘of men’, which he construes with faðir (l. 2) to form the God-kenning faðir fyrða ‘father of men’. This kenning then forms part of the intercalary cl. ok vili faðir fyrða skilja svá ‘and may the father of men be willing to decide so’. Kock (NN §3251) retains Finnur Jónsson’s emendation, which he takes as acc. pl. He construes the intercalary cl. ok faðir vili skilja svá fyrða ‘and may the father be willing to divide men thus’, understanding skilja in the sense ‘divide’ rather than ‘decide’. It is possible, however, to retain the ms. reading fyrðar and assume a double subject ‘other men and I’, whom the poet wishes to be among the saved at the Last Judgement (on the right hand of God). The intercalary cl. then underlines this wish.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  6. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  7. 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.

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