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Anon Leið 7VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 146.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
678

sunnudag ‘on a Sunday’

sunnudagr (noun m.): Sunday

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fundit ‘discovered’

2. finna (verb): find, meet

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Bók* ‘book’

1. bók (noun f.; °bǿkr/bókar; bǿkr): book

[5] Bók*: ‘becks’ B, 624

notes

[5] bók* ‘book’: It is not possible to use B’s and 624’s reading ‘becks’. Although bekkr ‘bench’ may be compounded with expressions for the sea in ship-kennings (as, for example, in SnSt Ht 75/2III: hafbekkr ‘sea-bench’), the man-kenning viðir bekks byrskíðs ‘trees of the bench of the wind-ski’, which seems to be the only possible arrangement, would be tautologous: byrskíð ‘wind-ski’ is already an acceptable ship-kenning. Kock (NN §3248) suggests that þá (l. 5), interpreted as an adv., should be construed with síðan (l. 6), but even this arrangement does not solve the problem of ‘becks’, since it would leave réðu (l. 5) without an object. With Rydberg and Finnur Jónsson this edn adopts Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s emendation to bók*, understood as a reference to the Sunday Letter, and qualified by the adj. ritna ‘written’ (l. 8).

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blíðir ‘Gentle’

blíðr (adj.; °n. sg. nom. & acc. blítt/blíðt; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): gentle, happy

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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byr ‘of the wind’

byrr (noun m.; °-jar/-s; -ir, acc. -i/-u(SigrVal 188¹³)): favourable wind < byrskíð (noun n.): breeze-skis

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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byr ‘of the wind’

byrr (noun m.; °-jar/-s; -ir, acc. -i/-u(SigrVal 188¹³)): favourable wind < byrskíð (noun n.): breeze-skis

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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skíðs ‘ski’

skíð (noun n.; °; -): ski < byrskíð (noun n.): breeze-skis

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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skíðs ‘ski’

skíð (noun n.; °; -): ski < byrskíð (noun n.): breeze-skis

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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viðir ‘trees’

1. viðr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. -i/-; -ir, acc. -u/-i): wood, tree

kennings

Blíðir viðir byrskíðs
‘Gentle trees of the wind-ski ’
   = SEAFARERS

the wind-ski → SHIP
Gentle trees of the SHIP → SEAFARERS
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verðr ‘he will become’

1. verða (verb): become, be

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vensk ‘accustoms himself’

2. venja (verb): accustom, train

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vítr ‘wise’

vitr (adj.): wise

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ritna ‘written’

ríta (verb): write

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