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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 7VII/4 — goð ‘God’

Ok annan dag unnar
elg-Þróttr í stað sótti,
fyrr þanns flærðar þverri
framlyndum goð sýndisk.
Sannhugguðr leit seggja
snildar framr á hamri
hauks í hjartar líki
hirðvandan gram standa.

Ok annan dag sótti unnar elg-Þróttr í stað, þanns goð sýndisk fyrr framlyndum þverri flærðar. Sannhugguðr hauks, framr snildar, leit hirðvandan gram seggja standa á hamri í líki hjartar.

And the next day the Þróttr <= Óðinn> of the elk of the wave [(lit. ‘the elk-Þróttr of the wave’) SHIP > SEAFARER] sought the place where God had shown himself previously to the brave diminisher of falsehood [HOLY MAN]. The true comforter of the hawk [WARRIOR], outstanding in courage, beheld the ruler of men, careful chooser of his retainers [= God], standing on a cliff in the shape of a hart.


[4] goð: om. 673b


[4] goð ‘God’: This emendation was proposed by Sveinbjörn Egilsson. It reflects the wording of the C version of the saga: enn um morguninn fór Evst(asius) til þess sama stadar sem gud hafdi ádur vitr[ast honum ...] (Tucker 1998, 23) ‘and the next day Eustace went to the same place where God had previously appeared to him’.



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