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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 6VII/5 — taka ‘took’

Himna guð        bað hann hjálpa sér,
        þá er hann veginn vaknaði,
en sá gat        við syndum taka,
        er hann hafði saklausan svikit.

Hann bað himna guð hjálpa sér, þá er hann vaknaði veginn, en sá, er hafði svikit hann saklausan, gat taka við syndum.

He asked God of the heavens to help him when he awoke slain, and the one [the guest] who had betrayed him without cause took on his sins.


[5] taka: ‘taka[...]’ 167b 6ˣ


[4-5] en sá gat við syndum taka ‘but the one took on his sins’: Falk (1914a, 3) draws the parallel between Christ and the good thief who was crucified with him in Luke XXIII.40-3. Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 197) compares the appearance of the thief in heaven in Niðrst2 (13-14). The idea that a malefactor takes on the sins of his victim is a theological oddity, which most commentators have ignored.



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