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Ketill hœngr (Keth)

volume 8; ed. Beatrice La Farge;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 23

Lausavísur — Keth LvVIII (Ket)

Beatrice La Farge (forthcoming), ‘ Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 18 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23 

SkP info: VIII, 562

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7 — Keth Lv 7VIII (Ket 12)

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Cite as: Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 12 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 562.

Feigr er
Finnr inn ragi,
er hann fóttreðr
flein sinn rangan.


Doomed is now the cowardly Saami, since he treads underfoot his own crooked arrow.

context: This stanza is introduced by the words Ketill mælti ‘Ketill spoke’. It refers to Gusi’s impending doom. His remaining arrow (fleinn) appears to him to be crooked; he attempts to straighten it by stepping on it, which gives Ketill the chance to kill him. The saga relates that Gusi’s brother Brúni had caused his arrow to appear crooked by means of magic, in order that Gusi should die in any hostile encounter in which he engaged and in order that Brúni should succeed him as king. As a result of his victory over Gusi, Ketill gains possession of his excellent sword Dragvendill (Ket 36-7, 39-41 below) and of Gusi’s three arrows Flaug ‘Flight’, Hremsa ‘Shaft’ and Fífa ‘Arrow’ (see Ket 26-7).

notes: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) unnecessarily emends all the pronouns and the verb form er in l. 1 from 3rd pers. sg. to 2nd pers. sg. in order to present the half-stanza as direct speech. — Alliteration on <f> is used in both long-lines of this stanza.

texts: Ket 12

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga II 8 (AII, 281; BII, 303); Skald II, 160, NN §2391; FSN 2, 122, FSGJ 2, 164, Anderson 1990, 49, 92, 435; Edd. Min. 79


AM 343 a 4° (343a) 55v, 36 - 55v, 37 (Ket)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 52r - 52v (Ket)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 6r, 4 - 6r, 7 (Ket)  transcr.  
AM 340 4°x (340x) 11, 17 - 11, 18 (Ket)  transcr.  image  
AM 342 4°x (342x) 70r, 29 - 70v, 1 (Ket)  image  
AM 552 q 4°x (552qx) 5r, 5 - 5r, 5 (Ket)  image  
AM 109 a I 8°x (109a Ix) 74r, 13 - 74r, 14  image  
AM 109 a II 8°x (109a IIx) 157v, 21 - 157v, 22 (Ket)  image  
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