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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 5VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 521-2.

Anonymous PoemsGyðingsvísur

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Fyrr þraut aura errins
ielmeiðs fetilþielar
óðs en örleik gæðis
odda regns við þegna.
Alsnauður varð eyðir
örvi mestr á lesti
lýsibliks til lykta
lands skævaðar branda.

Aura {{{fetilþielar} iel}meiðs errins} þraut fyrr en örleik {gæðis {óðs regns odda}} við þegna. {Eyðir {lýsibliks {lands {skævaðar branda}}}}, örvi mestr, varð til lykta á lesti alsnauður.
‘The money of the brave tree of the storm of the strap-file [(lit. ‘of the strap-file’s brave storm-tree’) SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIOR] came to an end sooner than the generosity of the strengthener of the furious rain of sword-points [BATTLE > WARRIOR] towards men. The destroyer of the bright flash of the land of the high-strider <horse> of planks [SHIP > SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], excelling in generosity, eventually became in the end completely impoverished.

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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 XIV], [B. 13]. Af et digt om en rig mand, der gav alt sit bort 5: AII, 540, BII, 598, Skald II, 331, NN §§1850, 2980; Rydberg 1907, 42, 59, Attwood 1996a, 347.


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