Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 7. Lausavísur from Haraldssona saga (Hsona) - 2

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2.2: Lausavísur from Haraldssona saga — Anon (Hsona)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísur from Haraldssona saga’ 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. 836-7.

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SkP info: II, 836

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1 — Anon (Hsona) 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haraldssona saga 1’ 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, p. 836.

This couplet, Anon (Hsona) 1, in hexasyllabic runhent metre (see SnStHt 88III; SnE 1999, 35-6) is preserved in mss , F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of HsonaHkr, in H, Hr (H-Hr) and in Mork (SslembMork). It is anonymous in all mss. is the main ms.

Varðat vel við styrju
Vatn-Ormr í Portyrju.


Vatn-Ormr (‘Water-Ormr’) didn’t behave well in the battle in Portør.

context: In the summer of 1137, Sigurðr slembidjákn ‘Fortuitous-deacon’ (?) Magnússon returns to Norway via Denmark from the Hebrides (or Orkney). He harries in the regions around Oslofjorden and lies with his ships in Portør, waylaying merchant ships. The men of Tønsberg muster a force that comes upon Sigurðr and his men unawares, and Sigurðr flees on one ship. Vatn-Ormr Dagsson’s ship is the closest to Sigurðr’s, but, rather than engaging in fighting, Vatn-Ormr backs off.

texts: H-Hr 336, HSona 4 (III 214), Mork 224, Hkr 596 (III 214)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 17 (AI, 594; BI, 595); Skald I, 290; ÍF 28, 310 (Hsona ch. 5), F 1871, 329, E 1916, 187; Fms 7, 214 (Hsona ch. 5); Mork 1867, 212, Mork 1928-32, 423, Andersson and Gade 2000, 378, 492 (Sslemb).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 648r, 16 - 648r, 17 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 71va, 16 - 71va, 17 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 53v, 18 - 53v, 19 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 349r, 21 - 349r, 22 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 41v, 23 - 41v, 23 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 120r, 25 - 120r, 25 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 78vb, 32 - 78vb, 33 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 34r, 1 - 34r, 2 (Mork)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 546r, 19 - 546r, 20  image  
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