Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Laufás Edda 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 637.
These anonymous stanzas (Anon (LaufE) 1-5) are recorded in both redactions of LaufE (mss papp10ˣ (main ms.), 2368ˣ, 743ˣ) in the section on kennings for ‘woman’, and they were also copied in the same prose environment from a LaufE ms. in RE 1665(Ji2), which has no independent value. All of the stanzas are cited to illustrate various types of base-words used in women-kennings.
context: The helmingr is one of two half-stanzas cited to illustrate base-words in women-kennings that are masculine tree-names, here, apaldr ‘apple-tree’. The half-stanza is cited immediately before Ólhelg Lv 2I, and in 2368ˣ the two helmingar are written as one stanza.
notes: Because the stanza begins with hvé ‘how’, it is likely to be the second helmingr of a stanza whose first helmingr is now missing. — This interpretation follows Skj B. To achieve a more straightforward word order, Kock (Skald; NN §1234) emends stórvænn (m. nom. sg.) ‘mightily fair’ (l. 3) to stórvæn (f. nom. sg.), and takes it with Lofn lauka ‘the Lofn of leeks’ (ll. 1-2). — : This line is composed in the skjálfhent variant of dróttkvætt (see SnSt Ht 35/3, 7).
texts: ‹LaufE 80 (292)›,
‹LaufE 118 (376)›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: C. Vers om ubestemmelige personer og begivenheder 32 (AI, 600; BI, 600); Skald I, 292, NN §1234; SnE 1848-87, II, 631, III, 196-7, LaufE 1979, 292, 376.