Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

I. 4. Lausavísa from Fagrskinna (Fsk) - 1

not in Skj

2.2: Lausavísa from Fagrskinna — Anon (Fsk)I

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa from Fagrskinna’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Brepols, Turnhout, p. 1081.

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in texts: Fsk, Jvs

SkP info: I, 1081

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This helmingr in fornyrðislag (Anon (Fsk)), spoken by an unnamed warrior, forms part of the famous scene in which the Jómsvíkingar, defeated and captured by the jarls Hákon Sigurðarson and his son Eiríkr Hákonarson after the battle of Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985), respond to the prospect of execution with a series of terse witticisms. (On the battle and other skaldic poetry associated with it, see the entry on Hákon jarl Sigurðarson in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.) The stanza is preserved in Fsk’s version of the scene (in FskBˣ, here used as the main ms., and FskAˣ), and also in the long redaction of Jvs in 510.

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