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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 2. Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar (HSig) - 9

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2.2: Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar — Anon (HSig)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Anonymous, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 815-23. <> (accessed 17 January 2022)

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SkP info: II, 818-19

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5 — Anon (HSig) 5II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 818-19.

This couplet, Anon (HSig) 5, is recorded in mss , F, E, J2ˣ of Hkr, as well as in H and Hr (H-Hr). is the main ms. The metre corresponds to inn skammi háttr ‘the short verse-form’ (SnSt Ht 72III; SnE 1999, 31) without internal rhyme in l. 2.

Skrapp ór hǫndum
Haraldr Dǫnum.

Haraldr skrapp ór hǫndum Dǫnum.

Haraldr slipped out of the hands of the Danes.

Mss: (557v), F(48rb), E(20r), J2ˣ(280v) (Hkr); H(52v), Hr(38rb) (H-Hr)

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [7]. Lausavísur 10: AI, 426, BI, 396, Skald I, 196; ÍF 28, 140 (HSig ch. 58), F 1871, 225, E 1916, 72; Fms 6, 297 (HSig ch. 71).

Context: One summer (c. 1061) Haraldr harðráði harries in Denmark with a small fleet when Sveinn Úlfsson comes upon him unawares. Haraldr escapes by pulling his ships across the land between Limfjorden and the North Sea in Jylland (Jutland).

Notes: [All]: For pulling or dragging ships across land from one body of water to another, see Note to Sturl Hrafn 13/1-4. See also ÍF 28, 140 n. 1 for a discussion of this particular episode.

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