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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Not published: do not cite (FriðÞ LvVIII (Frið))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, 223

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20 — FriðÞ Lv 20VIII (Frið 26)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 26 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 20)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 223.

Einn mun ek ganga         upp frá ströndu;
þarf ek lítit lið         lofða at finna.
Verpið eldi         í jöfra bæ,
ef ek eigi kem         aptr at kveldi.

Ek mun ganga einn upp frá ströndu; ek þarf lítit lið at finna lofða. Verpið eldi í bæ jöfra, ef ek kem eigi aptr at kveldi.

I will go alone up from the shore; I need little company to find the rulers. Set fire to the compound of the princes if I do not come back this evening.

Mss: 510(94v), 568ˣ(101v), 27ˣ(137r), papp17ˣ(360v), 109a IIˣ(150r), 1006ˣ(589), 173ˣ(89r) (Frið)

Readings: [1] Einn: ‘eirn’ papp17ˣ, 1006ˣ, 173ˣ    [2] upp frá ströndu: inn til bæjar papp17ˣ, 109a IIˣ, 1006ˣ, 173ˣ    [4] lofða at finna: lofðunga finna papp17ˣ, 109a IIˣ, lofðunga at finna 1006ˣ, 173ˣ    [5] Verpið: so papp17ˣ, 173ˣ, verpi þér 510, 27ˣ, ‘verpit E[…]’ 568ˣ, varpið 109a IIˣ, 1006ˣ    [6] í jöfra bæ: ‘[…]’ 568ˣ    [7] ef ek eigi kem (‘ef eg ei kemur’): so 568ˣ, 27ˣ, ef ek kem eigi 510, ef ek kem ekki papp17ˣ, 1006ˣ, 173ˣ, ef ek kom ekki 109a IIˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 25: AII, 275, BII, 297, Skald II, 157, FF §48; Falk 1890, 79-80, Frið 1893, 23, 52, 80, Frið 1901, 34-5, Frið 1914, 23; Edd. Min. 101.

Context: Friðþjófr and his men learn that Helgi and Hálfdan and their entourage are at Baldrshagi engaged in sacrifice to the dísir (at dísablóti, so the B text; A text has ok blótuðu ‘and they were sacrificing’). Friðþjófr decides to enter the sanctuary alone, and tells his men to keep watch, speaking this stanza.

Notes: [2] upp frá ströndu ‘up from the shore’: The B text has inn til bæjar ‘[I will go] in to the compound’. — [3] ek þarf lítit lið ‘I need little company’: A litotes, meaning ‘I need no company’. Or ‘I need little help’. There is probably a play here on the two meanings of lið ‘people, company’ and ‘help’.

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