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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 11VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 303.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Sáttir þeir urðu        Sváfaðr ok Skartheðinn;
        hvárgi mátti annars án vera,
fyrr en þeir ædduz        fyr einni konu;
        hon var þeim til lýta lagin.

Þeir Sváfaðr ok Skartheðinn urðu sáttir; hvárgi mátti vera án annars, fyrr en þeir ædduz fyr einni konu; hon var lagin þeim til lýta.
‘Sváfaðr and Skartheðinn were on good terms; neither could be without the other, until they went mad over a single woman; she was destined to bring disgrace to them.

notes and context

Falk (1914a, 6) and Björn M. Ólsen (1915, 31) suggest that this exemplum (sts 11-14) is based on Gunnl, but Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 202-3) argues that there is only a general similarity of two friends loving the same woman, and suggests that Hávm 84, 97 and 114 are better parallels to this narrative. — [1]: 167bˣ’s damaged leaf makes the first l. impossible to read.



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 11: AI, 629, BI, 637, Skald I, 309; Bugge 1867, 359, Falk 1914, 5, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 8, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 51, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 17, 97.


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