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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 5. Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts (Mberf) - 7

2.2: Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts — Anon (Mberf)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts’ 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. 828-35.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7 

SkP info: II, 829-30

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2 — Anon (Mberf) 2II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 2’ 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. 829-30.

Anon (Mberf) 2 is recorded in Mork (Mork) and in mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of MberfHkr, as well as in H-Hr (H-Hr) and FskBˣ and FskAˣ (Fsk). The ms. variants show that H, Hr and F are Mork mss and not Hkr mss here, and the critical apparatus has been arranged accordingly. Mork offers the best reading and it is the main ms. The st. is anonymous in all mss, but the poet appears to be a member of Jón Árnason’s household.

Breðr í Bjarkey miðri
ból, þats ek veit gólast;
téra þarft af Þóri
— þýtr vandar bǫl — standa.
Jóan mun eigi frýja
elds ráns, es kveldar;
svíðr bjartr logi breiðan
bý; leggr reyk til skýja.


The farm, which I find the best, burns in the middle of Bjarkøy; nothing good will be gained from Þórir; {the destruction of the stick} [FIRE] roars. Jón will not have to complain about a lack of fire or plunder when evening comes; the bright flame scorches the broad farmstead; smoke swirls toward the clouds.

context: The st. is recited in 1094 when Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson burns the farmstead in Bjarkøy which belongs to Jón Árnason and his son, Víðkunnr. In Mork and Fsk it is introduced in retrospect after Þórir has been captured by Magnús berfœttr. In Hkr (and H-Hr, which combines the prose of Mork with that of Hkr), the burning takes place when Þórir flees north and before he is captured by Magnús, and the st. is recited on that occasion, as part of the prose narrative.

texts: Fsk 255, H-Hr 252, H-Hr 252, Mberf 4 (III 173), Mork 127, Hkr 552 (III 173)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI]: [7]. Lausavísur 15 (AI, 427-8; BI, 397-8); Skald I, 197; Mork 1867, 135, Mork 1928-32, 304, Andersson and Gade 2000, 290, 484 (Mberf); Fms 7, 10 (Mberf ch. 6); F 1871, 264 (Mberf); ÍF 29, 305 (ch. 80); ÍF 28, 215 (Mberf ch. 5), E 1916, 112.


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 21v, 53 - 21v, 53 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 82v, 1 - 82v, 1 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 57vb, 25 - 57vb, 25 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 57rb, 22 - 57rb, 25  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 84v - 84v (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 333, 10 - 333, 17 (Fsk)  image  
AM 63 folx (Kx) 595r, 17 - 595r, 24 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 33vb, 33 - 33vb, 33 (Hkr)  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 31v, 27 - 31v, 29 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 306v, 8 - 306v, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 7v - 7v (Hkr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 74v, 12 - 74v, 19 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 123r, 22 - 123v, 2 (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 542r, 20 - 542v, 3  image  
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