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Anon Sól 1VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 296.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
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rænti ‘stole’

ræna (verb): rob

[2] rænti: ræntu papp15ˣ

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greppr ‘man’

greppr (noun m.; °; -ar): poet, man

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[3] greppr ‘man’: Although some mss capitalise greppr, they also erratically capitalise other nouns throughout the poem. Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 26-7) contends that both greppr and gestr (2/6) are pers. names, but this cannot be substantiated.

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varðaði ‘guarded’

2. varða (verb): defend

[5] varðaði: varði 10575ˣ

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mátti ‘might’

mega (verb): may, might

[6] mátti: náði papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 155aˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ

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kvikr ‘alive’

kvikr (adj.; °-van/-an): alive

[6] kvikr: so all others, kviðr 166bˣ

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[6] kvikr ‘alive’: This reading occurs in 62 mss; 166bˣ’s kviðr ‘belly, womb’, makes little sense in context.

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The poem appears to start in medias res. — [4-5]: The alliteration is defective here and götu is unmetrical; the reading may have been imported from 2/6. Skj B and Skald, following Bugge, emend to of þann veg ‘over that road’ to eliminate the metrical problem. — [6]: mátti ‘might’ and náði ‘managed to’ appear in free variation across the whole ms. tradition, but náði is preferred by the majority of mss listed among the Readings.

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