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Anon Leið 8VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 147.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
789

hvat ‘what’

hvat (pron.): what

notes

[1] hvat ‘what’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends B’s ‘huad’ to hver, considering the phrase hver bitr fár to be pl. and the verb brygði (l. 1) also pl., translating hvilke bitre mén skadede mændenes lykke ‘what bitter injuries damaged peoples’ good fortune’. Brygði can also be 3rd pers. sg. pret. subj. and could thus have a sg. subject. Kock (NN §2140) reads hvat bitr fár (sg.) with a sg. verb, and this reading is followed here.

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guma ‘of men’

gumi (noun m.; °-a; gumar/gumnar): man

[2] guma: gumna 624

notes

[2] guma ‘of men’: A rarer variant than gumna (so 624): see ANG §401.3.

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blakks ‘of the horse’

1. blakkr (noun m.): horse

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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blakks ‘of the horse’

1. blakkr (noun m.): horse

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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skreytendum ‘the furnishers’

skreytandi (noun m.): adorner

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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brautar ‘of the path’

1. braut (noun f.; °dat. -/-u; -ir): path, way; away

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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brautar ‘of the path’

1. braut (noun f.; °dat. -/-u; -ir): path, way; away

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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brautar ‘of the path’

1. braut (noun f.; °dat. -/-u; -ir): path, way; away

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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borðs ‘of the plank’

borð (noun n.; °-s; -): side, plank, board; table

[4] borðs: borð B, 624

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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borðs ‘of the plank’

borð (noun n.; °-s; -): side, plank, board; table

[4] borðs: borð B, 624

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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borðs ‘of the plank’

borð (noun n.; °-s; -): side, plank, board; table

[4] borðs: borð B, 624

kennings

skreytendum blakks brautar borðs
‘the furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank ’
   = SEAFARER

the path of the plank → SEA
the horse of the SEA → SHIP
the furnishers of the SHIP → SEAFARER

notes

[3-4] skreytendum blakks brautar borðs ‘furnishers of the horse of the path of the plank [SEA > SHIPS > SEAFARERS]’: That the apparent retention of B’s reading borð nom. or acc. ‘plank’ in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s 1844 edn is a misprint is confirmed by Lbs. 1152 8°ˣ (Sveinbjörn’s print copy) which has borðs gen. Sveinbjörn himself first suggested the emendation to borðs in a note to 444ˣ.

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frá ‘about’

frá (prep.): from

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veitir ‘giver’

veitir (noun m.): giver

kennings

Vegfróðr veitir góðra hluta
‘The way-wise giver of good things ’
   = God

The way-wise giver of good things → God
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veg ‘The way’

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

kennings

Vegfróðr veitir góðra hluta
‘The way-wise giver of good things ’
   = God

The way-wise giver of good things → God
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fróðr ‘wise’

fróðr (adj.; °compar. -ari, superl. -astr): wise < vegfróðr (adj.)

kennings

Vegfróðr veitir góðra hluta
‘The way-wise giver of good things ’
   = God

The way-wise giver of good things → God
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hluta ‘things’

hlutr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. -i/-; -ir, acc. -i/-u): part, thing

kennings

Vegfróðr veitir góðra hluta
‘The way-wise giver of good things ’
   = God

The way-wise giver of good things → God
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góðra ‘of good’

góðr (adj.): good

kennings

Vegfróðr veitir góðra hluta
‘The way-wise giver of good things ’
   = God

The way-wise giver of good things → God
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angr ‘sorrow’

1. angr (noun m.; °angrs, dat. angri/angr): grief

[8] angr: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘[...]gr’ B

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