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.
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: 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).
texts: ‹Frið 17›
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.