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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 8VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 524-5.

Anonymous PoemsGyðingsvísur

text and translation

Fljótr erað flagðs að veita
fáknistanda kristnum
auð, þóað allmjög bæði,
ættingi gyðinga.
Svör veitti þau sliettrar
sólmeiðr skipa leiðar
órlausn … ára
jóríðanda of …

{Ættingi gyðinga} erað fljótr að veita auð {kristnum {flagðs fák}nistanda} þóað bæði allmjög. {{{Sliettrar leiðar skipa} sól}meiðr} veitti þau svör; … of … órlausn {{ára jó}ríðanda}.
‘The kinsman of the Jews [JEW] is not quick to grant money to the Christian feeder of the horse of the trollwoman [(lit. ‘horse-feeder of the trollwoman’) WOLF > WARRIOR] though he had asked most earnestly. The tree of the sun of the smooth path of ships [(lit. ‘sun-tree of the smooth path of ships’) SEA > GOLD > MAN] gave those answers; … solution for the rider of the horse of oars [(lit. ‘horse-rider of oars’) SHIP > SEAFARER].

notes and context

B is very badly damaged. In general, the readings of the 399a-bˣ transcript have been adopted, where it is indicated that these are reasonably certain, and Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s reconstructions (made in marginal notes to the copy of the 399a-bˣ transcript in 444ˣ) have also been adopted where these amount to occasional letters. However, this edn has not followed Rydberg in adopting Sveinbjörn’s reconstructions to ítrum sǫrla in l. 7 or síðir in l. 8, since these cannot be substantiated from the remaining text indicated in the 399a-bˣ transcript. — [7-8]: Finnur Jónsson does not translate ll. 7 and 8, paraphrasing the second helmingr sådant svar gav manden … men lån gav han manden tilsidst ‘the man gave such an answer … but in the end he granted the man a loan’ (Skj B).



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 8: AII, 540, BII, 599, Skald II, 332, NN §3394; Rydberg 1907, 43, 59, Attwood 1996a, 348.


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