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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 36VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 172.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

Dag metr sinn at sǫnnu
snjallastr konungr allra
eljunkuðr of aðrar
alfríðar hátíðir.
Dýrka dýrligs verka
dáðsterks hǫfuðmerki
— rétt segjum — dag dróttins
drjúgmǫrg himintǫrgu.

{Snjallastr konungr allra}, eljunkuðr, metr dag sinn at sǫnnu of aðrar alfríðar hátíðir. {Drjúgmǫrg hǫfuðmerki verka} dýrka dag {dýrligs dáðsterks dróttins {himintǫrgu}}; segjum rétt.

{The most valiant king of all} [= God], known for his energy, rates his day in truth higher than other most glorious festivals. {Very numerous chief testimonies of deeds} [HOLY WRITINGS] celebrate the day {of the glorious, deed-strong lord {of the heaven-shield}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; we [I] tell it correctly.

Mss: B(11r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [4] alfríðar: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘alf[...]dar’ B

Editions: Skj AI, 625, Skj BI, 631, Skald I, 307; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 67, Rydberg 1907, 9-10, Attwood 1996a, 69, 179.

Notes: [1] dag metr sinn: Note the deliberate similarity to the opening ll. of sts. 30 – Dag reið sinn – and 31 – Dag reis sinn. — [8] himintǫrgu ‘of the heaven-shield [SUN]’: This particular kenning occurs in only one other place in skaldic verse, Eil Þdr 5/2III, where it is part of a rekit kenning for a giantess (cf. LP: himintarga). Cf. also 42/2 rítar himins ‘of the shield of heaven [SUN]’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  5. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1844. Fjøgur gømul kvæði. Boðsrit til að hlusta á þá opinberu yfirheyrslu í Bessastaða Skóla þann 22-29 mai 1844. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  7. Internal references
  8. Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 85.

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