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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

III. 3. Stanzas from Snorra Edda (SnE) - 18

not in Skj

2.1: Stanzas from Snorra Edda — Anon (SnE)III

Kari Ellen Gade, Margaret Clunies Ross and Matthew Townend 2017, ‘ Anonymous, Stanzas from Snorra Edda’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 512. <> (accessed 22 September 2021)

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SkP info: III, 527

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15 — Anon (SnE) 15III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Snorra Edda 15’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 527.

This anonymous helmingr (Anon (SnE) 15) found in SnE (Skm) is likely to have been part of a royal panegyric (see Fidjestøl 1982, 167-8), but the identity of the agent, ‘Magnús’, who burns settlements, is not clear. It could refer either to Magnús inn góði ‘the Good’ Óláfsson (r. 1035-47) and his campaigns against the Wends and the stronghold of Jómsborg (Wollin) in 1043 or to Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson (r. 1093-1103) and his punishment of rebels in Trøndelag (c. 1094), his raids in the Western Isles (1098, 1103) or his incursions into Sweden (c. 1101-2). The half-stanza is transmitted in mss R (main ms.), , U, B (and 744ˣ) and C.

Eldr brennat sjaldan,
— svíðr dyggr jǫfurr byggðir —
— blása rǫnn fyr ræsi
reyk — es Magnús kveykvir.


That fire, which Magnús kindles, does not burn seldom; the reliable prince torches settlements; buildings belch smoke before the ruler.

context: Eldr ‘fire’ is given in Skm as one of several heiti for ‘fire’.

texts: Skm 374, SnE 376

editions: Skj Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI]: [4]. Af et fyrstedigt (AI, 424; BI, 393); Skald I, 195; SnE 1848-87, I, 506-7, II, 354, 453, 536, 602, III, 106, SnE 1931, 177, SnE 1998, I, 97.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 38v, 25 - 38v, 26 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 40r, 34 - 40v, 34 (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 40v - 40v (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 13v, 21 - 13v, 23 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6r, 21 - 6r, 22 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 37v - 37v (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 8r - 8r (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 95v, 6 - 95v, 9 (Skáldatal)  image  
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