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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. . <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=3160> (accessed 27 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, 578

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16 — Keth Lv 16VIII (Ket 26)

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Cite as: Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 26 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 16)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 578.

Örum trúi ek mínum
en þú afrendi þinni;
fleinn mun þér mæta,
nema þú fyrir hrøkkvir.

 

I trust in my arrows, and you in your strength; a shaft will meet you, unless you give way before it.

context: Ketill replies in prose to Forað’s threat by saying that such hostility is to be expected of her. She tries to capture him in her grasp, but Ketill utters this defiant stanza, asserting that he trusts in the efficacy of his weapons. The stanza is introduced by the words: Ketill kvað þá vísu ‘Then Ketill spoke a stanza’.

notes: Ketill depicts the conflict between himself and Forað as a contest between his weapons and her physical strength. In a similar stanza at the close of the hostile exchange between Ketill’s son Grímr loðinkinna ‘Hairy-cheek’ and the giantesses Feima and Kleima (GrL 5), this contrast is expressed pregnantly as one between broddr ‘weapon-point’ and krumma ‘claw’; in both cases the hero’s weapons are the arrows known as Gusisnautar ‘Gusir’s gifts’ (see Note to l. 1).

texts: Ket 26

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga V 11 (AII, 284; BII, 305); Skald II, 162FSN 2, 130, FSGJ 2, 172, Anderson 1990, 54, 100; Edd. Min. 82.

sources

AM 343 a 4° (343a) 56v, 36 - 56v, 37 (Ket)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 54r - 54r (Ket)  image  
AM 340 4°x (340x) 17, 16 - 17, 17 (GrL)  transcr.  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated