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Anon Leið 5VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 144-5.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
456

gefi ‘give’

gefa (verb): give

[1] gefi: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘ge[...]’ B

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hirði ‘guarding’

hirða (verb): hide, care for < hirðimeiðr (noun m.)

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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meiðar ‘poles’

meiðr (noun m.): beam, tree < hirðimeiðr (noun m.)

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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hræ ‘of carrion-’

hræ (noun n.; °; -): corpse, carrion < hrælinnr (noun m.): corpse-snake

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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hræ ‘of carrion-’

hræ (noun n.; °; -): corpse, carrion < hrælinnr (noun m.): corpse-snake

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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hræ ‘of carrion-’

hræ (noun n.; °; -): corpse, carrion < hrælinnr (noun m.): corpse-snake

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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linns ‘of the serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < hrælinnr (noun m.): corpse-snake

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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linns ‘of the serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < hrælinnr (noun m.): corpse-snake

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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svinnir ‘the wise’

2. svinnr (adj.): wise

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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þagni ‘keep silence’

þagna (verb): be silent

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kveðk ‘I am reciting’

2. kveðja (verb): say, greet

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sunda ‘channels’

sund (noun n.; °-s; -): sound, strait; swimming

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
Close

sunda ‘channels’

sund (noun n.; °-s; -): sound, strait; swimming

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
Close

sunda ‘channels’

sund (noun n.; °-s; -): sound, strait; swimming

kennings

Svinnir hirðimeiðar linns hræsunda
‘May the wise guarding-poles of the serpent of carrion-channels ’
   = MEN

carrion-channels → BLOOD
the serpent of the BLOOD → SWORD
May the wise guarding-poles of the SWORD → MEN
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meðan ‘while’

meðan (conj.): while

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veg ‘way’

1. vegr (noun m.; °-s/-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar/-ir, gen. -a/-na, acc. -a/-i/-u): way, path, side < vegskrýðandi (noun m.)

kennings

vegskrýðendr
‘way-adorners ’
   = MEN

way-adorners → MEN
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skrýðendr ‘adorners’

skrýðandi (noun m.): [adorners] < vegskrýðandi (noun m.)

kennings

vegskrýðendr
‘way-adorners ’
   = MEN

way-adorners → MEN
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hlýði ‘should hear’

hljóða (verb): listen, sound

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frá ‘concerning’

frá (prep.): from

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segja ‘to utter’

segja (verb): say, tell

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[5-6]: To accommodate the emendation of vegskrýðendr described below under Note to l. 6, Finnur Jónsson construes varrar viggskrýðendr hlýði mér, meðan teljak ‘the adorners of the horse of the wash should hear me, while I recite’. Kock (NN §1259) objects to this, on the grounds that it is impossible to split the temporal cl. (meðan telja) with part of the subject of the main cl. (varrar). Instead, he prefers to preserve the ms. reading telja, which Finnur had emended, and to take varrar as nom. pl. of vǫrr f. ‘lip’, referring back to the lips first mentioned in 1/4. His reading is followed here. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, who first suggested the emendation to viggskrýðendr, also assumed varrar to be the subject of the temporal cl., giving the arrangement hlýði viggskrýðendr mér meðan [minnar] varrar telja ‘may horse-adorners [MEN] listen to me while [my] lips declaim’ (note to Sveinbjörn’s transcription of the 624 text in 444(3)ˣ).

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