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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 14VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 305.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Fádæmi verða        í flestum stöðum
        goldin grimliga;
á hólm þeir gengu        fyr it horska víf,
        ok fengu báðir bana.

Fádæmi verða goldin grimliga í flestum stöðum; þeir gengu á hólm fyr it horska víf, ok báðir fengu bana.
‘Abnormal events are repaid fiercely in most places; they went to duel for the wise lady, and both were killed.

notes and context

Four mss not chosen for the variant apparatus to this edn, transpose ll.1-3 and ll. 4-6, thus providing the st. with a gnomic conclusion.



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 14: AI, 630, BI, 637, Skald I, 310; Bugge 1867, 359, Falk 1914, 6, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 9, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 53, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 20, 9.


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