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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 6VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 522-3.

Anonymous PoemsGyðingsvísur

text and translation

Nær f…z jafnt og aurar
æskibjóðr frá þjóðum
virðing …
valstafna … jafnan.
Allr þóttiz þá Ullar
ielherðandi verða
skýrr af skreytiárum
skorðu mars fyr borði.

{Æskibjóðr {… {valstafna}}} f…z jafnan nær jafnt … aurar og virðing frá þjóðum. {Skýrr {Ullar iel}herðandi} þóttiz þá verða allr fyr borði af {skreytiárum {mars skorðu}}.
‘The wishing-offerer of the … of the falcon’s perches [ARMS > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] … always almost equal … money and reputation from men. The pure strengthener of the storm of Ullr <god> [(lit. ‘storm-strengthener of Ullr’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] then considerered that he would be completely thrown over by the decorous envoys of the horse of the boat-prop [SHIP > SEAFARERS].

notes and context

[1-4]: The ms. is dark and very badly damaged, and it has been necessary to rely extensively on previous transcribers’ readings. This edn considers 399a-bˣ (the earliest surviving transcript) as an accurate account of B, but has reconstructed only where its readings suggest that the reconstruction is plausible. This makes for a less complete, but less conjectural, text than previous eds. The general sense of ll. 1-4 seems to be that the previously generous man found that people’s estimate of him declined as his money ran out.



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 6: AII, 540, BII, 598, Skald II, 332, NN §3392; Rydberg 1907, 42, 59, Attwood 1996a, 347.


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