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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 44VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 177-8.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Mœðask mér á óði
— mest þarf hóf at flestu —
(brands hefr ôrr til enda)
orðvôpn* (kveðit drôpu).
Skulu eldviðir ǫldu
alljósan brag kalla
— þjóð hafi þekt á kvæði
þvísa — Leiðarvísan.

{Orðvôpn*} mœðask mér á óði; mest hóf þarf at flestu; {ôrr brands} hefr kveðit drôpu til enda. {{Ǫldu eld}viðir} skulu kalla alljósan brag Leiðarvísan; þjóð hafi þekt á kvæði þvísa.
‘My word-weapons [ORGANS OF SPEECH] become exhausted from the poem; the greatest moderation is needed in most things; the sword-blade’s messenger [MAN] has recited the poem to the end. Trees of the fire of the wave [(lit. ‘fire-trees of the wave’) GOLD > MEN] shall call the very bright poem ‘Leiðarvísan’; may people derive pleasure from this poem.

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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 44: AI, 626, BI, 633, Skald I, 308; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 70, Rydberg 1907, 11, Attwood 1996a, 70-1, 181.


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