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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson (FriðÞ)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 33

not in Skj

Lausavísur — FriðÞ LvVIII (Frið)

Not published: do not cite (FriðÞ LvVIII (Frið))

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SkP info: VIII, 214

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15 — FriðÞ Lv 15VIII (Frið 17)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 17 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 214.

Heill Elliði!         Hlauptu á báru,
brjóttu í trollkonum         tennr ok enni,
kinnr ok kjálka         í konu vándri,
fót eða báða         í flagði þessu.

Heill Elliði! Hlauptu á báru, brjóttu tennr ok enni í trollkonum, kinnr ok kjálka í vándri konu, fót eða báða í þessu flagði.

Hail Elliði! Run on the wave, break teeth and foreheads of the troll-women, cheeks and jaw-bone of the wretched woman, one leg or both of this ogress.

Mss: papp17ˣ(359v), 109a IIˣ(148v), 1006ˣ(586), 173ˣ(86v) (Frið)

Readings: [3] trollkonum: trollkonu 173ˣ    [5] kinnr: so 173ˣ, kinnar papp17ˣ, 109a IIˣ, 1006ˣ    [8] flagði: so all others, flagð papp17ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 16: AII, 273, BII, 295, Skald II, 155; Falk 1890, 77, Frið 1893, 17, Frið 1901, 27; Edd. Min. 99.

Context: Friðþjófr grabs hold of a pole (forkr) and runs forward to the ship’s prow, reciting this stanza (only in the B redaction).

Notes: [All]: This stanza is a mixture of fornyrðislag (ll. 1, 3-7) and málaháttr (ll. 2, 8) and is extant only in the B redaction mss. It elaborates on the subject matter of Frið 16 and is part of an expanded treatment of the incident of Elliði’s animated assault upon the two troll-women in the B redaction mss, which also includes the statement that, svá er sagt ‘so it is said’, the ship had the marvellous capacity of being able to understand human speech. This attribute is not mentioned in the A mss (see Note to Frið 2/8). — [5] kinnr ‘cheeks’: Most mss read kinnar, which is the gen. sg. of kinn ‘cheek’, whereas kinnr is the nom. and acc. pl.

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