Cite as: Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 39 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 22)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 594.
|Eigi þarftu oss at eggja; eiga mér sjaldan
fyrðar flugtrauðir frýja stórhöggva.
|Bít þú nú, Dragvendill, eða brotna ella; |
horfin* er okkr heill báðum, ef þú bilar sinn þriðja.
Þarftu eigi at eggja oss; sjaldan eiga flugtrauðir fyrðar frýja mér stórhöggva. Bít þú nú, Dragvendill, eða ella brotna; heill er horfin* okkr báðum, ef þú bilar þriðja sinn.
You do not need to egg us [me] on; seldom do men averse to flight call into question my dealing in heavy blows. Bite now, Dragvendill, or else break apart; luck has turned away from us both, if you fail a third time.
Mss: 343a(57v), 471(56v) (Ket); also used selectively: 1006ˣ(621), 173ˣ(11r), 342ˣ(74r), 109a IIˣ(162r) (Ket)
Readings:  at: á 471  mér: nú 471  horfin*: horfinn 343a, 471; okkr: om. 471  ef þú bilar sinn þriðja: so 1006ˣ, 173ˣ, 342ˣ, 109a IIˣ, þú bilar sinn þriðja 343a, ef bilar hinn þriðja 471
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga VII 6: AII, 287, BII, 308, Skald II, 163; FSN 2, 138, FSGJ 2, 180, Anderson 1990, 58, 107, 443; Edd. Min. 84.
Context: Ketill responds to Framarr’s mocking words in the previous stanza
with ll. 1-4 and then addresses his sword in ll. 5-8. In the saga this stanza is
introduced by the words: Ketill kvað ‘Ketill said’.
Notes:  flugtrauðir ‘averse to flight’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) unnecessarily emend the adj. flugtrauðir (nom. pl.) which qualifies fyrðar ‘men’ to the dat. sg. flugtrauðum, so that it stands in apposition to the pron. mér: ‘me ..., the one averse to flight’. However, all mss with the exception of one (340ˣ ‘flugtrauðz’) have an adj. form in the nom. pl. — [7-8] heill er horfin* okkr báðum, ef þú bilar þriðja sinn ‘luck has turned away from us both, if you fail a third time’: In all mss, with the exception of 343a, l. 8 is a dependent clause introduced by ef ‘if’. Such a dependent clause is necessary in the context of the stanza, as immediately after in the next stanza Ketill (Ket 40) asserts that his sword will not fail three times and this assertion is borne out by the fact that the third blow is fatal to Framarr (cf. the Context to Ket 41). Like most previous eds the present one therefore adds this conj. As it stands, bilar ‘fail’ is the only word in l. 8 which alliterates with a word in l. 7 (báðum ‘both’). The first noun (or adj.) of the line should alliterate (i.e. the noun heill ‘luck’, which precedes báðum; cf. von See 1967, 19-20). Some eds therefore alter the word order of l. 7 to Báðum er okkr heill horfin (so Edd. Min.; FSGJ). Skj B and Skald emend bilar ‘fail’ to hrøkkr ‘give way’, 3rd pers. sg. pres. of the strong verb hrøkkva, doubtless because the words horfin and heill in the first half-line suggest alliteration on <h>. In CPB II, 559 the line is retained as it stands in 343a.