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 Kˣ, F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of HsonaHkr, in H, Hr (H-Hr) and in Mork (SslembMork). It is anonymous in all mss. Kˣ is the main ms.
|Varðat vel við styrju
Vatn-Ormr í Portyrju.
Vatn-Ormr varðat vel við styrju í Portyrju.
Vatn-Ormr (‘Water-Ormr’) didn’t behave well in the battle in Portør.
Mss: Kˣ(648r), F(71va), E(53v), J2ˣ(349r), 42ˣ(41v) (Hkr); H(120r), Hr(78vb) (H-Hr); Mork(34r) (Mork)
Readings:  Varðat vel við styrju (‘Varð eigi væl við styrio’): ‘[...]io’ Mork; við: fyri 42ˣ  í: á Hr
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).
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.
Notes:  Vatn-Ormr ‘(“Water-Ormr”)’: The brother of Ingi Haraldsson’s retainer, Grégóríus Dagsson. See Genealogy XI in ÍF 28. For Grégóríus, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol., as well as ESk Ingdr 2-4 and ESk Elfv. —  Portyrju ‘Portør’: Located on the southern coast of Norway, close to Kragerø in Telemark.