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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 74VII/6 — alls ‘at all’

Hávar reiðir        sá ek með himnum fara;
        þær eigu götur til guðs;
menn þeim stýra,        er myrðir eru
        alls fyrir öngvar sakir.

Ek sá hávar reiðir fara með himnum; þær eigu götur til guðs; menn stýra þeim, er eru myrðir fyrir alls öngvar sakir.

I saw tall wagons journeying along the heavens; they have paths to God; men drive them who are murdered for no cause [lit. causes] at all.


[5-6] myrðir … fyrir alls öngvar sakir ‘murdered … for no cause at all’: A theme sounded earlier in the poem, e.g sts 1-7 and 20-4.



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