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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 9. Lausavísur from Sverris saga (Sv) - 6

2.2: Lausavísur from Sverris saga — Anon (Sv)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Anonymous, Lausavísur from Sverris 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. 842-7. <> (accessed 30 June 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6 

SkP info: II, 842-3

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1 — Anon (Sv) 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Sverris 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, pp. 842-3.

These three anonymous lvv. from Sv (Anon (Sv) 1-3) are preserved in mss 327, Flat, E and 81a (8 has a lacuna here), and Lv 2-3 are also found in 304ˣ. The sts, which are the first to be recorded in the prose of Sv, are all cited in connection with the battle of Ilevollene between Sverrir Sigurðarson and Magnús Erlingson (on 27 May 1180). The metre of Anon (Sv) 1 is fornyrðislag.

Fylgðu ræsi:        Rygir ok Hǫrðar,
Filir ok Sygnir        sem Firða lið,
Mœrir allir,        menn raumdœlskir,
erkibyskup,        ǫll Þrœndalǫg.

Fylgðu ræsi: Rygir ok Hǫrðar, Filir ok Sygnir sem lið Firða, allir Mœrir, raumdœlskir menn, erkibyskup, ǫll Þrœndalǫg.

They accompanied the ruler: the Rygir and the Hǫrðar, the Filir and the Sygnir, along with the host of the Firðir, all the Mœrir, men from Romsdalen, the archbishop, all Trøndelag.

Mss: 327(23r), Flat(149va), E(85r), 81a(12ra) (Sv)

Readings: [2] ok: om. Flat    [3] Filir: Filar 327, E, Fjalir Flat, ‘þílir’ 81a;    ok: om. Flat    [4] Firða: fyrða Flat, 81a    [7] ‑byskup: ‑byskups Flat    [8] Þrœndalǫg: lǫg Þrœnda Flat

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 19: AI, 595, BI, 595, Skald I, 290; ÍF 30, 68 (ch. 44), Sv 1920, 47, Flat 1860-8, II, 572, E 1916, 297, Sv 1910-86, 53.

Context: In the spring of 1180, Magnús Erlingsson summons the levy from the entire western coast of Norway. He sails with his fleet from south-eastern Norway and north to Trondheim, where Sverrir has been spending the winter. Archbishop Eysteinn Erlendsson accompanies Magnús. This st. enumerates the units that participate in that expedition.

Notes: [All]: This st., which is anonymous in all mss, is the only one in Sv that is cited as verification of information given in the prose. — [All]: The Rygir were the people from modern Rogaland, the Hǫrðar the people from Hordaland and the Filir were the inhabitants of Fjalir, the south-western part of Sunnfjord. The Sygnir hailed from Sogn, the Firðir from Fjordane and the Mœrir from Møre. — [1]: Echoes Gísl Magnkv 2/5. — [3] Filir ‘the Filir’: For this ethnic name, see Note to Grani Har 1/5. — [7] erkibyskup ‘the archbishop’: Eysteinn Erlendsson, archbishop of Nidaros (1161-88). After Sverrir defeated Magnús at the battle of Ilevollene (May 1180), Eysteinn went into exile in England where he stayed at Bury St Edmunds and Lincoln. He returned to Norway in the early summer of 1183.

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