Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Laufás Edda 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 639.
context: The helmingr illustrates kennings for ‘women’ in which the base-word is land ‘land’ (LaufE 1979, 293): Kalla mä hana … Land sem hier er qvedit ‘She can be called … ‘land’, as is said here’.
notes: The basic sense of this half-stanza, conveyed by the clauses kømr grandi at mér ‘sends harm to me’ (ll. 1, 2) and drepr gamni við mér ‘destroys the pleasure for me’ (ll. 3, 4), is clear, but the meaning and syntactic function of the other nominal elements are less than obvious. Finnur Jónsson (LP: Samland) observes dryly that den slags kenninger … er en digters öjebliksleg ‘such kennings … are a poet’s extemporaneous play’. The kennings in this helmingr are in fact unprecedented. There can be no doubt that the word-play on the women-kennings and geographical locations was intended, and the kennings bear all the marks of having been created for the present prose context (see also the next stanza, Note to [All]).
texts: ‹LaufE 82 (293)›,
‹LaufE 120 (376-7)›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: C. Vers om ubestemmelige personer og begivenheder 33 (AI, 600; BI, 600); Skald I, 292, NN §1235; SnE 1848-87, II, 632, III, 198-9, LaufE 1979, 293, 376-7.