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Anon Pét 21VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 813-14.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa
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græðis ‘the ocean’s’

grœðir (noun m.): ?healer, ?ocean

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greiddur ‘The paid-out’

greiða (verb): alleviate

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[2] greiddur vaðr ‘paid-out fishing-line’: See Fritzner: greiða 1 greiða ... vað. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) prints p.p. with desyllabified -ur, to gain the required extra syllable (see Note to st. 4/2). Kock (NN §1712A; Skald) instead retains ms. greiddr and inserts enn (‘again’?) before vaðr.

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vaðr ‘fishing-line’

vaðr (noun m.; °dat. -; -ir): fishing-line

notes

[2] greiddur vaðr ‘paid-out fishing-line’: See Fritzner: greiða 1 greiða ... vað. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) prints p.p. with desyllabified -ur, to gain the required extra syllable (see Note to st. 4/2). Kock (NN §1712A; Skald) instead retains ms. greiddr and inserts enn (‘again’?) before vaðr.

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bragningr ‘the king’

bragningr (noun m.; °; -ar): prince, ruler

kennings

bragningr salar vagna
‘the king of the hall of the wagons ’
   = God

the hall of the wagons → SKY/HEAVEN
the king of the SKY/HEAVEN → God

notes

[4] bragningr salar vagna ‘the king of the hall of the wagons’: Cf. Meissner, 378 and Note to st. 14/8.

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salar ‘of the hall’

1. salr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; dat. sǫlum): hall

kennings

bragningr salar vagna
‘the king of the hall of the wagons ’
   = God

the hall of the wagons → SKY/HEAVEN
the king of the SKY/HEAVEN → God

notes

[4] bragningr salar vagna ‘the king of the hall of the wagons’: Cf. Meissner, 378 and Note to st. 14/8.

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salar ‘of the hall’

1. salr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; dat. sǫlum): hall

kennings

bragningr salar vagna
‘the king of the hall of the wagons ’
   = God

the hall of the wagons → SKY/HEAVEN
the king of the SKY/HEAVEN → God

notes

[4] bragningr salar vagna ‘the king of the hall of the wagons’: Cf. Meissner, 378 and Note to st. 14/8.

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vagna ‘of the wagons’

vǫgn (noun f.; °; vagnir): wagon

kennings

bragningr salar vagna
‘the king of the hall of the wagons ’
   = God

the hall of the wagons → SKY/HEAVEN
the king of the SKY/HEAVEN → God

notes

[4] bragningr salar vagna ‘the king of the hall of the wagons’: Cf. Meissner, 378 and Note to st. 14/8.

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vagna ‘of the wagons’

vǫgn (noun f.; °; vagnir): wagon

kennings

bragningr salar vagna
‘the king of the hall of the wagons ’
   = God

the hall of the wagons → SKY/HEAVEN
the king of the SKY/HEAVEN → God

notes

[4] bragningr salar vagna ‘the king of the hall of the wagons’: Cf. Meissner, 378 and Note to st. 14/8.

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fisksins ‘of the fish’

fiskr (noun m.): fish

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lærisveinn ‘The disciple’

lærisveinn (noun m.): disciple

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skærast ‘the very bright’

1. skærr (adj.): pure, bright

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án ‘without’

án (prep.): without

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dróttin ‘the Lord’

dróttinn (noun m.; °dróttins, dat. dróttni (drottini [$1049$]); dróttnar): lord, master

notes

[8] dróttin ‘the Lord’: The root vowel must be long here to provide aðalhending with skjótt; cf. sts 43/2 and 45/7. Elsewhere the expected late form drottinn is used (sts 11/8, 26/5, 28/1, 34/1, 37/6 and especially 13/8 brott ... drotni. See further Note to Anon Alpost 8/8).

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Cf. Matt. XVII.23-6; Pétr 8/6-23. — [5-8]: Cf. Pétr 8/20-3: Petrus for ok dro fiskinn ok fann ... silfr ... i hans munni, ok lauk þat skattheimtandum fyrir varn herr ok sik. ‘Peter went and pulled in the fish and found ... silver ... in its mouth, and paid that to the tax-gatherers for our Lord and himself.’

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