Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Third Grammatical Treatise 12’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 545.
These five lines (Anon (TGT) 12), edited here by Kari Ellen Gade, are cited anonymously in mss A (main ms.) and W of TGT, but Jón Sigurðsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 365) assigned the stanza to Einarr Skúlason’s Øxarflokkr (ESk Øxfl) because it describes the gift of a precious axe, decorated with gold, received by the speaker. There is no evidence (pace Finnur Jónsson, TGT 1927, 97) that the stanza belonged to that poem (if such a poem ever existed) nor that it was composed by Einarr Skúlason. The stanza is incomplete and only the first line of the second helmingr is transmitted.
context: The axe-kennings hála hlýrsólar ‘the troll-woman of the prow-sun’, Hrund hræpolls ‘the Hrund of the carrion-pool’ and sút hattar Herjans ‘sorrow of Herjann’s hat’ are given in TGT as examples of nykrat or finngálknat ‘monstrosity’ (cacemphaton), i.e. a change of metaphors resulting in inconsistent imagery.
texts: ‹TGT 37›,
editions: Skj Einarr Skúlason: 11. Øxarflokkr(?) 11 (AI, 479; BI, 451); Skald I, 222; SnE 1848-87, II, 122-3, 412, TGT 1884, 19, 80, 191, TGT 1927, 56, 97-8.