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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, 296-7

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2 — Anon Sól 2VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 296-7.

Einn hann át,        opt, harðliga;
        aldri bauð hann manni til matar,
áðr en móðr
        ok meginlítill
        gestr gangandi af götu kom.

Hann át einn, opt, harðliga; hann bauð aldri manni til matar, áðr en móðr ok meginlítill gestr kom gangandi af götu.

He ate alone, often, sternly; he never invited anyone for a meal, before a weary, exhausted stranger came walking from the road.

Mss: 166bˣ(45v), papp15ˣ(1r), 738ˣ(80r), 155aˣ(8v), 167b 6ˣ(1r), 214ˣ(149r), 1441ˣ(581), 10575ˣ(1r-v), 2797ˣ(230)

Readings: [1] hann át: hann hann át 155aˣ, át hann 1441ˣ    [2] harðliga: harðla 166bˣ, papp15ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, ‘harla’ 738ˣ, 155aˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ    [3] hann: om. 1441ˣ    [6] af götu: at garði 155aˣ, um götu 2797ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 2: AI, 628, BI, 635, Skald I, 308, NN §57; Bugge 1867, 357, Falk 1914, 1, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 6, Fidjestøl 1979, 60, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 43-4, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 8, 91.

Notes: [2] harðliga ‘sternly’: The emendation produces a metrically regular l. 166bˣ and a number of other mss have harðla ‘very’. Aside from the metrical irregularity this produces, it does not make a great deal of sense after opt. Skj B encloses opt harðla in inverted commas and in the translation describes the l. as forvansket ‘corrupted’. Only one, early C19th, ms., 1765ˣ, not listed among the variants here, reads harðliga, and this is probably a scribal emendation. — [6] gangandi ‘walking’: Appears in all mss but one, despite the excessive alliteration for a ljóðaháttr long l. Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 44) suggests that l. 6 corresponds to 2 ll. of fornyrðislag.

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