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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 4VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 143-4.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Víst emk fúss at freista
— fæk ljósum brag hrósat —
láðs fyr lyptimeiðum
linns orðspeki minnar.
Því hefr hreggþjalma hilmir
hreinlyndr gefit eina
oss, til óðar þessa
orðgnótt, at skalk njóta.

Víst emk fúss at freista orðspeki minnar fyr {lyptimeiðum {linns láðs}}; fæk hrósat ljósum brag. Því eina hefr {hreinlyndr hilmir {hreggþjalma}} gefit oss orðgnótt, at skalk njóta til óðar þessa.
‘Truly I am eager to try my word-wisdom before the lifting-poles of the serpent’s land [GOLD > MEN]; I can praise the bright poem. For that purpose only has the pure-minded prince of the storm-enclosure [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] given us [me] word-abundance, so that I can use [it] for this poem.

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 4: AI, 619, BI, 623, Skald I, 303; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 58, Rydberg 1907, 4, Attwood 1996a, 60-1, 171.


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