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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Líknarbraut (Líkn) - 52

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Líknarbraut (‘The Way of Grace’) — Anon LíknVII

George S. Tate 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Líknarbraut’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 228-86.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: C. 1. Líknarbraut (AII, 150-9, BII, 160-74)

SkP info: VII, 284-5

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50 — Anon Líkn 50VII

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Cite as: George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 50’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 284-5.

Æsti ek öllu trausti,
ítr, þik er görst kant líta
með réttvísi, ræsir
regnsals, hvat er mér gegnir.
Lát mik laun fyr þetta
lof þitt, konungr, hitta
víst, þau er varðar mestu,
veðra tjalds, of aldir.

{Ítr ræsir {regnsals}}, öllu trausti æsti ek þik, er görst kant líta með réttvísi, hvat er mér gegnir. {Konungr {veðra tjalds}}, lát mik víst hitta fyr þetta þitt lof laun, þau er mestu varðar of aldir.

{Glorious lord {of the rain-hall}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], in all trust I ask of you, who can most perfectly see with justice, whatever is fitting for me. {King {of the storms’ pavilion}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], let me certainly attain for this your encomium those rewards which are of greatest worth forever.

Mss: B(12r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [3] réttvísi: ‘re[...]vise’ B, ‘réṭṭvíse’ 399a‑bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 50: AII, 159, BII, 173, Skald II, 91, NN §2584 Anm.; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 50, Rydberg 1907, 19-20, 53, Tate 1974, 94.

Notes: [3] réttvísi: Restoration is based upon 399a-bˣ and occurrence of similar wording in Heildr 7/1-2. — [3-4] ræsir regnsals ‘lord of the rain-hall [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: The same kenning occurs later in Mgr 48/5; cf. ræsir regnhallar ‘lord of the rain-hall’ Has 28/5-6. — [8] veðra tjalds ‘of the storms’ pavilion [SKY/HEAVEN]’: This sky-kenning, combined with ‘ruler’ [= God], is of a type particularly common to Has, e.g. hreggtjald ‘gale-tent’ 1/2, skýja tjald ‘clouds’ canopy’ 20/2, hríðtjald ‘storm-tent’ 28/2 – the first two of which rhyme, as here, with ald-. (Cf. Líkn 8/6 veðrskrín ‘storm-shrine’ and Has 4/8 veðrhöll ‘wind-hall’). The two cosmic kennings for God in this st. are the last elaborate ones of the poem. By the final st. the style becomes plain; God is simply dróttinn jöfra ‘lord of princes’ 52/5-6.

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