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Ásmundr kappabana (Ásmk)

volume 8; ed. Peter Jorgensen;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 4

Lausavísur — Ásmk LvVIII (Ásm)

Not published: do not cite (Ásmk LvVIII (Ásm))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

SkP info: VIII, 23

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3 — Ásmk Lv 3VIII (Ásm 9)

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Cite as: Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Ásmundar saga kappabana 9 (Ásmundr kappabana, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 23.

Þá hvarflaði
hugr í brjósti,
er menn ellifu
ofrkapp buðu,
áðr mér í svefni
sögðu dísir,
at ek hjörleik þann
heyja skyldak.

 

Then courage wavered in my breast when eleven men offered violence, until dísir <minor female deities> said to me in my sleep that I should engage in {that sword play}. [BATTLE]

context: According to ch. 8 of Ásm, Ásmundr almost loses his nerve when Hildibrandr decides to send eleven men against him. However, on the night before the contest, Ásmundr has a dream, in which armed women stand over him and identify themselves as his spádísir, supernatural prophetesses, possibly to be identified with valkyries. The women tell him not to fear the eleven men, saying that they will protect him in the fight.

texts: Ásm 9

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 12. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ásmundar saga kappabana II 3 (AII, 321; BII, 341-2); Skald II, 184; Peringskiöld 1722, 23 (ch. 10), FSN 2, 486 (ch. 10), Detter 1891, 98, FSGJ 1, 407-8 (ch. 10) (Ásm); CPB I, 191, Halvorsen 1951, 19; Edd. Min. 87.

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Holm perg 7 4° (7) 43r - 43r (Ásm)  image  
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