Cite as: Philip Lavender (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjalar-Jóns saga 2 (Þjalar-Jón Svipdagsson, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 802.
context: Having opened the third chest, Eiríkr has become
besotted with the effigy of a woman secreted inside it. Eiríkr asks Gestr
whether he made the effigy and a wondrous ring named Gáinn. Gestr responds with
notes: This stanza is very difficult to construe as it
stands and is probably corrupt. Any interpretation of it is tentative,
including that offered here, and requires considerable emendation. In addition,
it is not at all clear that it fits the prose context, as described above,
because that would suggest that Eiríkr, not Gestr, should be the speaker of the
stanza, as mentioned in the Introduction. — [1-4]: In l. 2 minn and þínum do not
preserve the full rhyme (aðalhending) which would be expected in an even
line. Line 4 is metrical in the ms., but has no internal
texts: ‹ÞJ 2 (ch. 3)
editions: Skj Not in Skj; ÞJ 1857, 13, 62, ÞJ 1939, 7 (ch. 3).