Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 1 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 194.
context: Friðþjófr and his
men have been visiting Ingibjǫrg and her female companions at Baldrshagi ‘Baldr’s pasture’, while her brothers Helgi and Hálfdan are away. Friðþjófr
tells Ingibjǫrg that, when her brothers return, she must spread linen sheets
out to bleach on the rooftop of the highest building, called dísarsalr ‘hall of the goddess’, where
he could see them from his farm at Framnes. The next morning he recites this
stanza, and his men look across Sognefjorden and see that the roof of the hall is
covered in white linen cloth.
notes: This stanza and the two following (Frið 1, 2 and 3) are found only in B recension mss. The A text has neither the motif of the linen sheets nor the stanza itself (but see an apparent allusion in Frið 8/7-8). This stanza is in fornyrðislag. — [3-4]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj) and Kock (Skald) put the line division between mun and farit, producing a long-line comprising a regular Sievers Type B odd line plus a Type C2 even line with neutralisation (farit) and resolution (gaman-) in metrical positions 1-2. From the point of view of distribution of stress it is unlikely, however, that the auxiliary mun could receive full stress directly followed by the p. p. farit in an unstressed position after the metrical caesura. The lineation adopted here and in most eds results in an irregular Type B odd line followed by a hypometrical even line, unless we assume suspension of alliteration on the first element of the cpd (gaman-), which is rare but does occur in later poetry.
texts: Frið 1›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 1 (AII, 269; BII, 292); Skald II, 153-4; Falk 1890, 70-1, Frið 1893, 9, Frið 1901, 12; Edd. Min. 97.