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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 29VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 259.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Hljóta ey með ítrum
alfegnastir þegnar
sólar vörð í sælu
slóðar alt it góða.
Krists vinnr krapt ins hæsta
krossmark viðum hnossa
alls bezt; lofar æztan
öll dýrð konung fyrða.

Þegnar alfegnastir hljóta ey alt it góða í sælu með {ítrum vörð {sólar slóðar}}. Krossmark ins hæsta Krists vinnr krapt alls bezt {viðum hnossa}; öll dýrð lofar {æztan konung fyrða}.
‘Thanes joyous beyond measure obtain forever every good thing in blessedness with the glorious guardian of the sun’s track [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]. The cross-sign of the most-high Christ gains power best of all for trees of treasures [MEN]; all glory exalts the highest king of men [RULER = Christ].

notes and context

[5-8]: B gives only an incipit of the stef ‘refrain’, with the same scribal error (Kristr for Krists) as in 13/5. A marginal obelos (†) indicates occurrence of the stef; see Note to 13/5.



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 29: AII, 155, BII, 168, Skald II, 88, NN §1392, 2710A, cf. 3040; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 44, Rydberg 1907, 16, 50, Tate 1974, 74.


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