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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 26VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 312-13.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Reiðiverk,        þau er þú unnit hefr,
        bæt þú eigi illu yfir;
grættan gæla        skaltu með góðum hlutum;
        þat kveða sálu sama.

Reiðiverk, þau er þú hefr unnit, bæt þú eigi illu yfir; skaltu gæla grættan með góðum hlutum; þat kveða sama sálu.
‘The angry deeds that you have committed, do not compensate for them with wickedness; you must comfort the weeping one with good things; they say that befits the soul.

notes and context

[1-2]: Most eds, following Bugge, regularise ll. 1-2 by adding ‘er’ to l. 2, and combining it with þau (l. 1) in order to regularise the syntax. However, ll. 1-2 lack alliteration. — [2-6]: These ll. are omitted in 167b 6ˣ, as are all succeeding sts up to and including 55.



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 26: AI, 632, BI, 639, Skald I, 311, NN §2147C; Bugge 1867, 361, Falk 1914, 13, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 11, Fidjestøl 1979, 63, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 62, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 32, 109.


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