Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 8. Lausavísa from Magnúss saga Erlingssonar (MErl) - 1

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2.2: Lausavísa from Magnúss saga Erlingssonar — Anon (MErl)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa from Magnúss saga Erlingssonar’ 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. 840-1.


SkP info: II, 840-1

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1 — Anon (MErl) 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísa from Magnúss saga Erlingssonar 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, pp. 840-1.

Ǫnundr kvazk eigi mundu
við orrostu kosta,
fyrr an sunnan siglði
Sigurðr jarl með húskarla.
Mjǫk fara Magnúss rekkar
mætir upp á stræti,
en Hôkonar haukar
hart skunduðu undan.

Ǫnundr kvazk eigi mundu kosta við orrostu, fyrr an Sigurðr jarl siglði sunnan með húskarla. Mætir rekkar Magnúss fara mjǫk upp á stræti, en haukar Hôkonar skunduðu hart undan.

Ǫnundr said he would not engage in battle until Sigurðr jarl sailed from the south with the housecarls. Magnús’s splendid men are rushing up the street, but Hákon’s hawks hurried away quickly.

Mss: (693v), F(78vb), E(64v), J2ˣ(372r), 42ˣ(59v) (Hkr); H(133r), Hr(86va-b) (H-Hr)

Readings: [1] mundu: ‘myndv’ H    [4] jarl: om. H    [6] á: of F, at E, H, corrected from af J2ˣ, um Hr

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 18: AI, 594-5, BI, 595, Skald I, 290; ÍF 28, 377 (MErl ch. 3), F 1871, 363, E 1916, 227; Fms 7, 284 (Hherð ch. 23).

Context: The st. is recited in 1161 during the battle of Tønsberg, Norway, which Erlingr skakki ‘the Tilting’ Kyrpinga-Ormsson and the troops of his son, Magnús, fight against King Hákon herðibreiðr ‘Broad-shoulder’ Sigurðarson. During the battle, Ǫnundr Símunarson, one of Hákon’s men, flees, because he will not fight unless Jarl Sigurðr Hávarðsson is present.

Notes: [All]: For this battle, see also Þskakk Erldr 2. — [1] Ǫnundr: Ǫnundr Símunarson was Hákon herðibreiðr’s foster-brother. — [3] Sigurðr jarl: Sigurðr Hávarðsson was appointed jarl by Hákon herðibreiðr. On this occasion, he was lying with his fleet near the Götaälv (in present-day south-western Sweden) and was not aware that Erlingr and his troops were attacking Tønsberg. Sigurðr died in the battle of Ramnes (Ré), Vestfold, on 20 February 1163. — [4] húskarlar ‘the housecarls’: These men were members of a king’s or a nobleman’s bodyguard (see Fritzner: húskarl 1 and Note to Okík Magn 2/6). — [5] rekkar Magnúss ‘Magnús’s men’: Magnús Erlingsson had just been elected king of Norway at the age of five, and it is unlikely that he was actually present in person at this battle. — [7] haukar ‘hawks’: A term for ‘brave young men’ (see LP: 1. haukr 2). See also Anon (HSig) 6/7 and Note to Arn Hryn 3/5.

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