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Anon Sól 58VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 58’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 337-8.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð
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Dreyrga steina        þær inar dökku konur
        drógu daprliga;
blóðug hjörtu        hengu þeim fyr brjóst utan
        mædd við miklum trega.

Þær inar dökku konur drógu daprliga dreyrga steina; blóðug hjörtu hengu þeim fyr brjóst utan, mædd við miklum trega.

Those dark women were sorrowfully dragging gory stones; bloody hearts hung outside their breasts, exhausted by great grief.

Mss: 166bˣ(47v), papp15ˣ(6r), 738ˣ(82v), 167b 6ˣ(3r), 214ˣ(151v), 1441ˣ(586), 10575ˣ(8v), 2797ˣ(235-236)

Readings: [2] inar: hinu 738ˣ, ‘hinan’ 167b 6ˣ    [5] brjóst: brjósti papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ, 2797ˣ    [6] við: með papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ;    miklum: mikinn 214ˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 636, Skj BI, 644-5, Skald I, 314; Bugge 1867, 366, Falk 1914, 38, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 18, Fidjestøl 1979, 68, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 89-90, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 64, 136.

Notes: [1] dreyrga steina ‘gory stones’: If the women of this st. are the same as those of the previous one, then (if mólu was the original reading of 57/6, see Note) the stones here may well be their grinding stones. — [5]: The l. is hypermetrical. Torn breasts are mentioned as a punishment in the Visio Alberici (Mirra 1932, 88) where sinful women are forced to suckle snakes because they would not feed orphan children.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Fidjestøl, Bjarne, ed. 1979a. Sólarljóð: Tydning og Tolkningsgrunnlag. Nordisk Instituts skrifteserie 4. Bergen, Oslo and Tromsø: Universitetsforlaget.
  4. Björn Magnússon Ólsen, ed. 1915a. Sólarljóð: gefin út með skíringum og athugasemdum. Safn til sögu Íslands og íslenzkra bókmenta 5.1. Reykjavík: Prentsmiðja Gutenberg.
  5. Bugge, Sophus, ed. 1867. Norrœn fornkvæði. Islandsk samling af folkelige oldtidsdigte om nordens guder og heroer. Almindelig kaldet Sæmundar Edda hins frøda. Christiania (Oslo): Malling. Rpt. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 1965.
  6. Falk, Hjalmar, ed. 1914a. Sólarljóð. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter II. Hist.-filos. kl. 7. 2 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  7. Njörður P. Njarðvik, ed. 1991. Sólarljóð. Útgáfa og umfjöllun. Íslensk Rit 10. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands og Menningarsjóður.
  8. Njörður P. Njarðvik. 1993. Solsången. Akademisk avhandling för filosofiedoktorsexamen i nordiska språk. Göteborgs universitet: Institutionen för svensk språket.
  9. Mirra, Antonio D., ed. 1932. ‘La visione di Alberico’. In Inguanez et al. 1932, 33-79.
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