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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 23VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 253-4.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Lík fór kennir keykja
krapts með önd til graptar
sitt, ok sæll reis dróttinn
sólar hauðrs af dauða.
Urðu allir fyrðar
angrhegnanda fegnir,
áðr þá er elsku fæðis
aldyggs bani hryggði.

{Kennir krapts} fór til graptar keykja lík sitt með önd, ok {sæll dróttinn {sólar hauðrs}} reis af dauða. Allir fyrðar urðu fegnir {angrhegnanda}, þá er bani {aldyggs fæðis elsku} áðr hryggði.
‘The knower of strength [POWERFUL MAN] went to the grave to quicken his body with spirit, and the blessed Lord of sun’s land [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] arose from death. All men became glad at the harm-suppressor [= God (= Christ)], those whom the death of the fully loyal nourisher of love [= God (= Christ)] earlier grieved.

notes and context

[5-8]: Generally analogous to the second helmingr is a passage from the OIcel. Resurrection homily: Sa vas oc margfaldr fǫgnoþr i þessom heime af upriso criz es tóko ástmeɴ hans. þeir áþr vǫro hryɢver oc daprer af dauþa hans ‘Thus there was also manifold happiness in this world at the Resurrection of Christ when he met his beloved [followers]; they were before despondent and downcast at his death’ (HómÍsl 1993, 34r; HómÍsl 1872, 72).



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 23: AII, 154, BII, 166, Skald II, 88; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 42, Rydberg 1907, 15, 50, Tate 1974, 68.


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