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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Busla (Busla)

volume 8; ed. Wilhelm Heizmann;

Buslubæn (Busl) - 9

not in Skj

Buslubæn — Busla BuslVIII (Bós)

Not published: do not cite (Busla BuslVIII (Bós))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 14. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Bósasaga, Buslubœn (AII, 330-2, BII, 350-3)

SkP info: VIII, 29

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2 — Busla Busl 2VIII (Bós 2)

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Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2017, ‘Bósa saga 2 (Busla, Buslubæn 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 29.

Heyr þú bæn Buslu;
brátt mun hon sungin,
svá at heyraz skal
um heim allan
ok óþörf öllum,
þeim sem á heyra,
en þeim þó fjandligust,
sem ek vil fortala.


Hear Busla’s plea; it will soon be sung, so that it will be heard over the whole world, and harmful for all those who hear [it], but yet most ruinous for that one whom I wish to curse.

notes: The second opening stanza stresses the danger of the curses, whose harmful effect generally applies to all who hear them. However, in this case they mainly affect the king, against whom the curses are directed. — The word choices óþörf ‘harmful, ill’ (l. 5), fjandligust ‘very baleful, most ruinous’ (l. 7) and fortala ‘curse’ (l. 8) point emphatically toward the vilifying nature of the stanzas to come.

texts: Bós 2 (ch. 5)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 14. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Bósasaga 2 (AII, 330; BII, 350-1); Skald II, 189; Bós 1666, 18, FSN 3, 203, Bós 1893, 16, FSGJ 3, 291-2, Bós 1996, 12-13; Edd. Min. 123.


AM 586 4° (586) 14r, 33 - 14r, 35 (Bós)  image  image  image  
AM 577 4° (577) 53v, 2 - 53v, 4 (Bós)  image  image  
AM 510 4° (510) 11r, 14 - 11r, 16 (Bós)  image  image  
AM 340 4°x (340x) 270, 27 - 271, 2 (Bós)  image  
AM 361 4°x (361x) 3r - 3r (Bós)  
AM 361 4°x (361x) 11r - 11r (Bós)  
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