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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)

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SkP info: VIII, 592

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21 — Keth Lv 21VIII (Ket 37)

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Cite as: Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 37 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 592.

Hvat er þér, Dragvendill?         Hví ertu slær vorðinn?
Til hefi ek nú höggvit;         tregt er þér nú at bíta.
Hliðar þú at hjörþingi;         hefir þér eigi fyrr vorðit
bilt í braki málma,         þar er bragnar hjugguz.

Hvat er þér, Dragvendill? Hví ertu vorðinn slær? Ek hefi nú höggvit til; nú er þér tregt at bíta. Þú hliðar at {hjörþingi}; eigi fyrr hefir þér vorðit bilt í {braki málma}, þar er bragnar hjugguz.

What is the matter with you, Dragvendill? Why have you become dull? I have now struck a blow; now you are slow to bite. You give way at {the sword-meeting} [BATTLE]; you have not failed in {the crash of metal} [BATTLE] before, where warriors exchanged blows.

Mss: 343a(57v), 471(56r) (Ket)

Readings: [2] ertu: ‘enttu’ 471;    slær: ‘slior’ 471    [3] höggvit: so 471, höggit 343a    [4] nú: om. 471    [6] vorðit: orðit 471    [7] braki: barka or corrected to ‘barke’, perhaps from barka 471

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga VII 4: AII, 287, BII, 307, Skald II, 163; FSN 2, 137-8, FSGJ 2, 179, Anderson 1990, 58, 107; Edd. Min. 84.

Context: In the saga this stanza is introduced by the words: Ok enn kvað hann vísu ‘And he [Ketill] spoke a further stanza’.

Notes: [2] vorðinn ‘become’: This form of the p. p. orðinn shows initial [v] in analogy to the inf. verða ‘become’ (ANG §§253 Anm. 1, 490 Anm. 3-4). The usual form with loss of [v] preceding a back vowel ([o], [u]) appears in the readings of 340ˣ and 471 at l. 6. — [3] höggvit ‘struck’: höggvit or höggit (so 343a) is a form of the p. p. of the verb höggva (ANG §503). — [6-7] eigi fyrr hefir þér vorðit bilt ‘you have not failed before’: The construction is impersonal and could be translated lit. as: ‘it has not become failed for you before’. Previous eds reduce the number of syllables in l. 6 by substituting shorter forms of the verb hefir and/or of the negation: hefirat (Edd. Min.; FSGJ), hefra (Skj B; Skald), hefir … ei (CPB II, 559). For the form vorðit, see Note to l. 2 above. — [7] í braki málma ‘in the crash of metal [BATTLE]’: A conventional battle-kenning. Ms. 471’s barki or barka makes no sense in context. Barki would be a clear example of metathesis from braki, but barka also has an ending (-a) that could only make it the gen. pl. of brak (with metathesis to bark). The form barki is nom. sg. of a noun meaning ‘wind-pipe’ (LP: 1. barki) or a type of boat (LP: 2. barki). The form barka would be an oblique case of these two barki homonyms.  

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