Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 4 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 198.
context: Shortly after a lull in the storm, the wind begins to freshen and Friðþjófr speaks this stanza.
notes: This is the first stanza in the A redaction of Frið and the fourth in the B redaction, the first to appear in both redactions. Larsson (Frið 1901, xiv) detected a similarity with Friðþjófs rímur III, 12-13, but it is not very close. The stanza contrasts Friðþjófr’s previously happy life courting Ingibjörg and his present privations at sea. The metre is fornyrðislag, although l. 4 is in málaháttr. Clear differences between the two redactions are apparent in ll. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 (cf. Wenz’s discussion in Frið 1914, lxxiii).
texts: ‹Frið 4›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 4 (AII, 269-70; BII, 292); Skald II, 154; Falk 1890, 72, Frið 1893, 12, 43, 70, Frið 1901, 16-17, Frið 1914, 11-12; Edd. Min. 98.