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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Not published: do not cite (FriðÞ LvVIII (Frið))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, 203

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8 — FriðÞ Lv 8VIII (Frið 8)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 8 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 203.

Mjök drekkr á mik;
mær mun kløkkva,
ef ek skal søkkva
í svana brekku,
— austr er orðinn
í Elliða —
þó blæja
á bliki nökkut.


My ship is taking on a great deal of water; the young woman will sob, if I must sink in {the hillside of swans}, [WAVE] although bed-linen lay ableaching somewhat; baling has taken place on board Elliði.

context: A huge sea towers over the men in Elliði and they all bale out the ship furiously.

notes: This stanza is in both A and B recensions, but ll. 5-8 differ considerably between them. The sense of the first four lines is paralleled in Friðþjófs rímur III, 20. In the B recension mss, ll. 5-6 are effectively absent, and austr (l. 5) is taken with the B mss’ version of ll. 7-8, to mean ‘east’ (rather than ‘baling’), these lines then having the sense austr þar sem blæjan lá á bliki ‘[the young woman will sob] in the east where the bed-linen lay ableaching’. This is unlikely to be the original sense of these lines, which is probably represented by the rather garbled text of the A redaction mss. The metre is fornyrðislag, with end rhyme in ll. 2-3.

texts: Frið 8

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 8 (AII, 270-1; BII, 293); Skald II, 154, NN §§2386, 2994A, 3193; Falk 1890, 73, Frið 1893, 13, 44, 71, Frið 1901, 20, Frið 1914, 12-13; Edd. Min. 98.


AM 510 4° (510) 93r, 18 - 93r, 20 (Frið)  transcr.  image  
AM 568 4°x (568x) 100v - 100v (Frið)  image  
JS 27 folx (27x) 135r - 135r (Frið)  image  image  
Holm papp 17 4°x (papp17x) 359r, 3 - 359r, 4 (Frið)  transcr.  image  
AM 109 a II 8°x (109a IIx) 147r - 147r (Frið)  image  
GKS 1006 folx (1006x) 583, 23 - 583, 25 (Frið)  transcr.  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 85r, 4 - 85r, 7 (Frið)  image  
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