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Anon Leið 3VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 143.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
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Fǫður ‘the Father’

faðir (noun m.): father

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rétta ‘to straighten out’

4. rétta (verb): set right

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vandan ‘awkward’

vandr (adj.): difficult

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[4] vandan ‘awkward’: Finnur Jónsson translates vanskelige ‘difficult, awkward’, but Kock (NN §3137) objects to the interpretation of this term as pejorative, on the grounds that the poet speaks positively of his creation elsewhere (see, for example, 4/2, 43/7, 44). He suggests the meaning ‘wearisome, exhausting’ for vandan. That the poet does find his work wearisome is clear from 44/1-4, but Finnur’s interpretation is preferable here, as it seems to capture the parallelism between the slétt óðarlag ‘smooth poem-form’ that the Father and Son are asked to create in l. 2 and the vandan verk ‘awkward work’ for which the Holy Spirit is asked for help in the second cl.

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aldar ‘of men’

ǫld (noun f.; °; aldir): people, age

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frægjum stýri aldar,
‘to the famous steerer of men, ’
   = God

to the famous steerer of men, → God
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stýri ‘steerer’

stýrir (noun m.): ruler, controller

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frægjum stýri aldar,
‘to the famous steerer of men, ’
   = God

to the famous steerer of men, → God
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frægjum ‘to the famous’

frægr (adj.; °-jan/-an; compar. -ri, superl. -jastr/-astr/-str): famous, renowned

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frægjum stýri aldar,
‘to the famous steerer of men, ’
   = God

to the famous steerer of men, → God
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mærðar ‘the praise-poem’

mærð (noun f.): praise

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