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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 14VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 245.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

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Veittu menn, sem máttu,
marga lund á grundu,
grimmúðgastir gumnar,
guði sælum harmkvæli.
Lét fyr ljóna sveitum
limu sína guð pína,
framar en flestir gumnar,
fjöldyggr, megi hyggja.

Grimmúðgastir gumnar — menn sem máttu — veittu sælum guði harmkvæli marga lund á grundu. Fjöldyggr guð lét sína limu pína fyr sveitum ljóna, framar en flestir gumnar megi hyggja.
‘The most grim-minded men — men who were able — gave blessed God sorrowful torments in many ways on earth. Very faithful God let his limbs be tortured for the hosts of men more than most men might imagine.

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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 [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 14: AII, 153, BII, 164, Skald II, 87, NN §§1353H, 1956; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 39, Rydberg 1907, 14, 49, Tate 1974, 59.


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