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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
345

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.

Mss: B(10r), 624(86)

Readings: [4] minnar: minni B, 624

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

Notes: [3] láðs fyr lyptimeiðum: Cf. Has 18/3 láðs við lyptimeiða, and the phonetically-similar l. Pl 31/3 láðhofs lypti-Móða. In the Leið and Has examples, the man-kennings completed by the alliterating word in the following ll. are identical. — [4] minnar ‘my’: Skj B and Skald emend to minnar to agree with orðspeki ‘word-wisdom’ f. gen. sg., since freista (l.1) takes a gen. object.

References

  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. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  5. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. 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.
  7. Internal references
  8. Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 31’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 200-1.
  9. Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78.
  10. Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Gamli kanóki, Harmsól’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 70-132.
  11. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 89.
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