Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2017, ‘Bósa saga 1 (Busla, Buslubæn 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 28.
|Hér liggr Hringr konungr hilmir Gauta
einráðastr allra manna.
|Ætlar þú son þinn sjálfr at myrða; |
þau munu fádæmi fréttaz víða.
Hér liggr Hringr konungr, hilmir Gauta, einráðastr allra manna. Þú ætlar sjálfr at myrða son þinn; þau fádæmi munu fréttaz víða.
Here lies King Hringr, ruler of the Gautar, the most stubborn of all men. You yourself intend to murder your son; these shocking events will be heard far and wide.
Mss: 586(14r), 577(53r-v), 510(11r), 340ˣ(270), 361ˣ(11r) (Bós)
Readings:  at: om. 340ˣ  fá‑: sjálf 577, 361ˣ  fréttaz: spyrjaz 577, 361ˣ
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 14. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Bósasaga 1: AII, 330, BII, 350-1, Skald II, 189; Bós 1666, 18, FSN 3, 202, Bós 1893, 16, FSGJ 3, 291, Bós 1996, 12; Edd. Min. 123.
Context: Bósi, a farmer’s son, is to be executed along
with the king’s legitimate son, Herrauðr, Bósi’s blood-brother, on account of
the former’s slaying of the king’s bastard son, Sjóðr. Herrauðr joined with
Bósi against his own father, King Hringr of East Götaland. The night before the
execution, Bósi’s sorcerous foster-mother, Busla, appears. In her youth she had
been Bósi’s father’s lover. She appears in the king’s bed-chamber and is
ultimately successful in dissuading him from his plan. She achieves this goal
by reciting a total of nine curse stanzas. They begin with two stanzas that
outline the scenario, and then the curses are pronounced.
Notes:  Hringr konungr ‘King Hringr’: Legendary
kings of this name appear frequently in the fornaldarsögur. —  Gauta ‘of the Gautar’: The Gautar (OSwed. Gøtar) or people from Götaland are the eponymous inhabitants of the Swedish heartland (OWN Gautland), as well as the areas of Västergötland and Östergötland, which were probably conquered c. 600 by the Svear. The tribal name is first attested by Procopius during the middle of the sixth century in the form Gautoí (Andersson 1998b).