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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 42VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 175-6.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Yfirstillir firr ǫllu
ítr túns himins rítar
— harmsfullum ræðk halli
hugstrandar — mik grandi.
Mér fái miklu hæri
miskunn jǫfurr sunnu,
— Kristr gefr fyrðum fastan
frið — en ek kunna biðja.

{Ítr yfirstillir {túns {rítar himins}}}, firr mik ǫllu grandi; ræðk {harmsfullum halli {hugstrandar}}. {Jǫfurr sunnu} fái mér miklu hæri miskunn, en ek kunna biðja; Kristr gefr fyrðum fastan frið.
‘Glorious overseer of the home-field of the shield of heaven [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God], me distance from all harm; I govern a sorrowful stone of the shore of thought [BREAST > HEART]. May the prince of the sun [= God (= Christ)] grant me much higher mercy than I could ask for; Christ gives people secure peace.

notes and context

[7-8]: The intercalary cl. in 37/7-8 is almost identical to the one here.



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 42: AI, 626, BI, 632-3, Skald I, 307; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 69, Rydberg 1907, 10-11, Attwood 1996a, 70, 181.


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