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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 24VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 311.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Sál hans bað        inn sanni guð
        í sinn fögnuð fara;
en sökudólgar        hygg ek síðla myni
        kallaðir frá kvölum.

Inn sanni guð bað sál hans fara í fögnuð sinn; en ek hygg sökudólgar myni síðla kallaðir frá kvölum.
‘The true God commanded his soul to journey into his joy; but I think that his enemies will be summoned late from torments.

notes and context

[5-6]: An example of litotes; the speaker thinks that the man’s assailants will never be released from torments.



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 24: AI, 631, BI, 639, Skald I, 310-11; Bugge 1867, 360-1, Falk 1914, 10, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 11, Fidjestøl 1979, 63, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 59-60, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 30, 107.


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