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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vitgeirr seiðmaðr (Vitg)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Vitgeirr seiðmaðr, Norsk; omkr. 900. (AI, 33, BI, 29).

Skj poems:

Aside from the brief sections in Hkr (Hhárf), ÓT, and ÓH which relate the episode containing this stanza, Vitgeirr seiðmaðr ‘Sorcerer’ (Vitg) is not mentioned elsewhere. According to the prose texts, he was a Norwegian who lived in Hǫrðaland (Hordaland), around 900.

Lausavísa — Vitg LvI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ Vitgeirr seiðmaðr, Lausavísa’ 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. 141. <> (accessed 18 May 2022)


Skj: Vitgeirr seiðmaðr: Lausavísa (AI, 33, BI, 29); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 141

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1 — Vitg Lv 1I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Vitgeirr seiðmaðr, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 141.

Þats vô lítil,         at vér síðim
karla bǫrn         ok kerlinga,
es Rǫgnvaldr síðr         réttilbeini
hróðmǫgr Haralds         á Haðalandi.

Þats lítil vô, at vér síðim, bǫrn karla ok kerlinga, es Rǫgnvaldr réttilbeini, hróðmǫgr Haralds, síðr á Haðalandi.

It is [does] little harm that we perform sorcery, children of lowly men and women, when Rǫgnvaldr réttilbeini, Haraldr’s glorious son, performs sorcery in Hadeland.

texts: Flat 185 (3), HHárf 25 (I 57), ÓH 1, ÓT 2, Hkr 67 (I 57)

editions: Skj Vitgeirr seiðmaðr: Lausavísa (AI, 33; BI, 29);

Skald I, 18; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 150, ÍF 26, 138-9 (HHárf ch. 34), F 1871, 58; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 10 (ch. 4), Flat 1860-8, I, 44; ÓH 1941, I, 9 (ch. 1).


AM 35 folx (Kx) 74v, 11 - 74v, 18 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 13ra, 16 - 13ra, 17 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 43r, 12 - 43r, 14 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 42v, 6 - 42v, 13 (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61*) 2va, 9 - 2va, 11 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 2rb, 1 - 2rb, 3 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 2vb, 36 - 3ra, 3 (ÓT)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 6rb, 19 - 6rb, 21 (ÓT)  image  image  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 2r, 28 - 2r, 29 (ÓH)  image  
UppsUB R 686x (R686x) 2r, 33 - 2r, 35 (ÓH)  image  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 11va, 1 - 11va, 4 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VI 4° (325VI) 2rb, 15 - 2rb, 18 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 4, 6 - 4, 8 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 4r, 7 - 4r, 10 (ÓH)  image  
AM 78 a folx (78ax) 2r, 27 - 2v, 2 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 2r, 3 - 2r, 4 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61*) 75vb, 28 - 75vb, 30 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 2vb, 2 - 2vb, 5 (ÓH)  transcr.  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 91v, 16 - 91v, 16 (ÓH)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 404r, 3 - 404r, 10  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 120ra, 23 - 120ra, 23 (ÓH)  image  
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