2017-05-15 02:56 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily; I judge that both on what I know about Poul Anderson and my own knowledge in and about the Nordic languages. Anderson was a skilled linguist, his father was from Sweden, and from everything I've heard about him, he would follow the dictum that a well-read Scandinavian (Dane, Norwegian, Swede) should be able to at least read and understand the other Scandinavian languages - if anything, I believe he was better at it than me. He was also familiar with the history of Scandinavian literature - I might not agree with what he said about it, but he did know it.
Erik Bye was a trained radio presenter, a singer, and from what I can tell he wrote (and sang) in a very formal Norwegian, which in its written form is close to Danish. I have no doubt that Anderson could just as easily read and listen to either Erik Bye's Norwegian version or the Danish by Olesen and Ingrisch.
Last, there are very few differences between the Norwegian and the Danish versions. From what I see of the lyrics of "Mary O'Meara", I can see no hints that show greater influence from either the Danish or the Norwegian version, or that "Mary O'Meara" was based only on one of them. Alex Campbell's English translation of "Anna Lovinda" is, on the other hand, clearly based on the Danish version - the word choices makes that clear, eg in lines 1.3, 2.4, and 3.3.
That said, Karen Anderson's words of "Anna Lovinda" as a Danish tune points to that she encountered the song in Denmark, and that she thought of the song as Danish. If Poul Anderson picked up Erik Bye's version (lyrics or recording, with the song's backstory) is unclear, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.
Which is all a fancy way of saying we don't know :-)
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