Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 27 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 224.
context: Friðþjófr enters Baldrshagi and finds the two brothers and their wives engaged in their blót ‘sacrifice’, the men drinking and the women handling the icons representing pagan deities. Friðþjófr goes up to Helgi and hurls a purse containing the silver tribute from Orkney into his face, knocking out two of his teeth, after which he speaks this stanza. In the A text, he also sees the ring he has previously given Ingibjǫrg on the arm of Helgi’s wife, and he tries to get hold of it, the upshot being that the icon she was handling falls into the fire and is burnt, while the ring is loosened from her arm. This development happens after the stanza has been recited in the B redaction mss.
notes: Like Frið 25-6, this stanza is fornyrðislag.
texts: ‹Frið 27›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 26 (AII, 275-6; BII, 297); Skald II, 157, NN §1475; Falk 1890, 80, Frið 1893, 24, 53, 81, Frið 1901, 35, Frið 1914, 24; Edd. Min. 101.