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Runic Dictionary

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

I. 7. Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga (ÓH) - 1

2.2: Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga — Anon (ÓH)I

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘ Anonymous, Lausavísa from Óláfs saga helga’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1087. <> (accessed 23 May 2022)

stanzas:  1 

in texts: Flat, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr

SkP info: I, 1087

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These four lines (Anon (ÓH)) present a straightforward example of the motif of fleets moving towards each other (see Note to Sigv Tryggfl 1 [All]). The chronology of the sagas would place the action c. 1026-7; see Context for the specific circumstances, at least as narrated by Snorri Sturluson. The helmingr is anonymous, being introduced only by Svá sem kveðit er ‘As has been said in verse’. It is preserved in Óláfs saga helga in the Hkr version (ÓHHkr, ms. as main ms.) and the Separate version (ÓH, mss listed below).

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