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Gusi finnakonungr (Gusi)

volume 8; ed. Beatrice La Farge;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 5

Lausavísur — Gusi LvVIII (Ket)

Beatrice La Farge (forthcoming), ‘ Gusi finnakonungr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 22 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

SkP info: VIII, 559

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4 — Gusi Lv 4VIII (Ket 8)

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Cite as: Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 8 (Gusi finnakonungr, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 559.

Búztu nú við         bitri eggþrumu;
hafþu hlíf fyr þér;         hart mun ek skjóta.
Þér mun ek brálla         at bana verða,
nema þú af auði         öllum látir.

Búztu nú við {bitri eggþrumu}; hafþu hlíf fyr þér; ek mun skjóta hart. Ek mun verða þér brálla at bana, nema þú látir af öllum auði.

Prepare yourself now for {the bitter blade-thunder} [BATTLE]; have a shield before you; I will shoot hard. I will quickly be the death of you, unless you give up your entire wealth.

Mss: 343a(55v), 471(52r) (Ket)

Readings: [1] við: ef þú vilt 471    [2] bitri eggþrumu: brátt við eggþrumu 471    [5] brálla: bráðla 471

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga II 4: AII, 280, BII, 302, Skald II, 160, NN §2391FSN 2, 120, FSGJ 2, 162, Anderson 1990, 48, 91, 434; Edd. Min. 7.

Context: This stanza is introduced by the words: Gusir kvað ‘Gusir spoke’ immediately after Ket 7.

Notes: [1-2]: Kock (Skald; NN §2391) adopts the reading of 471 for these two lines. — [2] eggþrumu ‘blade-thunder [BATTLE]’: The cpd eggþruma is a hap. leg, but it has a close parallel and synonym in eggþrima (LP: eggþrima, 2. egg and egg-, 2. þruma); both egg ‘cutting edge, blade’ and þruma ‘thunder, noise’ are well-attested as determinant and base-word respectively of kennings for ‘battle’. Cf. Ket 4/6 and Note. — [7-8] öllum auði ‘your entire wealth’: The ‘wealth’ mentioned here and in the next three stanzas is evidently a reference to the riches Ketill will inherit from his father.

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