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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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Sólarljóð (‘Song of the Sun’) — Anon SólVII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [6]. Sólarljóð, digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 628-40, BI, 635-48)

SkP info: VII, 332

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52 — Anon Sól 52VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 332.

Utan ok innan        þóttumz ek alla fara
        sigrheima sjau;
upp ok niðr
        leitaða ek æðra vegar,
        hvar mér væri greiðastar götur.

Ek þóttumz fara utan ok innan alla sjau sigrheima; upp ok niðr leitaða ek æðra vegar, hvar væri mér greiðastar götur.

It seemed to me that I travelled outside and inside all the seven victory-worlds; up and down I looked for better ways where the roads would be easiest for me.

Mss: 166bˣ(47v), papp15ˣ(5v), 738ˣ(82r), 214ˣ(151r), 1441ˣ(585), 10575ˣ(7v), 2797ˣ(235)

Readings: [2] þóttumz: þóttist papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ;    alla: om. 2797ˣ    [3] ‑heima: ‑himna 738ˣ    [4] upp: uppi 214ˣ, 2797ˣ;    niðr: niðri 214ˣ, 2797ˣ    [5] æðra: so 738ˣ, 2797ˣ, æðri 166bˣ, papp15ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ;    vegar: vegr 1441ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 52: AI, 635-6, BI, 643-4, Skald I, 313; Bugge 1867, 365, Falk 1914, 20, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 17, Fidjestøl 1979, 67, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 81, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 58, 128.

Notes: [3] sjau sigrheima ‘seven victory-worlds’: The Christian number seven contrasts with the pagan number nine, as in st. 51; see Note to 32/3. — [5] æðra: Although many of the earlier mss have the form æðri, this form, occurring in 18 mss, is grammatically correct. Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 81), compares the dream-verse Anon (Hrafn) 8/1-4IV: Se þú, hvé hvarfa | heima í milli | synðauðigra | sálir manna ‘see how between worlds, the souls of sin-rich men hover’.

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