Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

I. 2. Liðsmannaflokkr (Liðs) - 10

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2.1: Liðsmannaflokkr (‘Flokkr of the household troops’) — Anon LiðsI

Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Liðsmannaflokkr’ 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. 1014.

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Skj: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI]: [2]. Liðsmannaflokkr (AI, 422-3, BI, 391-3); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

SkP info: I, 1020

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4 — Anon Liðs 4I

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Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Liðsmannaflokkr 4’ 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. 1020.

Þóttut mér, es þáttak,
Þorkels liðar dvelja
— sôusk eigi þeir sverða
sǫng — í folk at ganga,
áðr an hauðrá heiði
hríð víkingar kníðu
— vér hlutum vápna skúrir —
— varð fylkt liði — harða.

 

Þorkell’s followers did not seem to me to delay in going into the engagement, when I saw [them]they did not fear {the song of swords} —, [BATTLE] before the vikings pressed a hard onslaught on heath; we came in for showers of weapons; the company was formed into battle order.

context: As for st. 1.

notes: This stanza appears to contain a description of a battle which, to judge from the later stanzas, must be in the vicinity of London. The battle fought at Brentford, Essex in 1016 and reported in the ASC (s. a.) is a possible candidate, since in that case the heiði ‘heath’ (l. 5) could be identified as the large heath at Hounslow near Brentford. But the actions of 1015 and 1016 appear from the ASC (s. a.) to have been so numerous that firm identification is precluded.

texts: Flat 950, ÓHLeg 5

editions: Skj Óláfr Haraldsson enn helgi: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 220; BI, 210); Skald I, 110, NN §§1109, 2772; Flat 1860-8, III, 238, ÓH 1941, II, 684; ÓHLeg 1922, 11, ÓHLeg 1982, 50-1.

sources

GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 186vb, 31 - 186vb, 31 (Flat)  image  image  image  
DG 8 (DG8) 73r, 16 - 73r, 19 (ÓHLeg)  transcr.  image  
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