Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

I. 7. Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga (ÓH) - 1

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2.2: Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga — Anon (ÓH)I

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1087.


SkP info: I, 1087

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1 — Anon (ÓH) 1I

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1087.

Ôleifr knýr und ôrum
orðsnjallr Visund norðan;
brýtr annarr gramr úti
unnheim dreka sunnan.


The word-sharp Óláfr [Haraldsson] propels Visundr (‘Bison’) from the north using oars; another monarch cleaves {the wave-world} [SEA] with a dragon-ship from the south, out at sea.

context: Óláfr launches a fleet southwards, headed by his ship Visundr. Hearing that Knútr inn ríki Sveinsson has called up a leiðangr ‘naval levy’ and is intending to attack Norway, but unable to get reliable confirmation, King Óláfr Haraldsson decides to sail with his choicest troops to Denmark, giving the others leave to go home.

notes: [3-4]: The J2ˣ version of the lines, indeed of the whole helmingr, is clearly an oral variant which departs considerably from the consensus of the other mss. Lines 3-4 would mean ‘The hull cleaves the slopes of waves [SEA] where the valiant prince travels from the east’.

texts: Flat 533, ÓH 95 (92), ÓHHkr 89 (II 89), Hkr 290 (II 89)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI]: [7]. Lausavísur 4 (AI, 425; BI, 395); Skald I, 195; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 348, IV, 141, ÍF 27, 268-9, Hkr 1991, II, 448 (ÓHHkr ch. 144); ÓH 1941, I, 423 (ch. 134), Flat 1860-8, II, 275.


AM 36 folx (Kx) 404v, 11 - 404v, 14 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
Holm papp 18 folx (papp18x) 143r, 2 - 143r, 3 (Hkr)  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 50v, 26 - 50v, 27 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 365va, 14 - 365va, 17 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 194v, 6 - 194v, 9 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 180, 7 - 180, 8 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 48v, 18 - 48v, 18 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 44vb, 23 - 44vb, 25 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 111ra, 24 - 111ra, 25 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 75 c fol (75c) 29v, 18 - 29v, 18 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 56vb, 9 - 56vb, 11 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 29v, 36 - 29v, 37 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 180rb, 11 - 180rb, 13 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 114va, 56 - 114va, 58 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 137r, 29 - 137r, 29 (ÓH)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 310r, 4 - 310r, 7  image  
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