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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 10VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 302.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Munaðar ríki        hefr margan tregat;
        opt verðr kvalræði af konum;
meingar þær urðu,        þótt inn mátki guð
        skapaði skírliga.

Ríki munaðar hefr margan tregat; kvalræði verðr opt af konum; þær urðu meingar, þótt inn mátki guð skapaði skírliga.
‘The power of desire has brought many a man to grief; torment often stems from women; they become harmful, though the mighty God created them purely.

notes and context

The unreliability and harmfulness of women is a staple of gnomic poetry; cf. Hávm 84, Hsv 12, 105. — [6]: 167bˣ has a damaged leaf; ‘sk padi’ is supplied from the catchword of the preceding page.



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 [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 10: AI, 629, BI, 637, Skald I, 309; Bugge 1867, 358, Falk 1914, 5, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 8, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 50, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 16, 96.


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