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Ásbjǫrn (Ásb)

volume 8; ed. Peter Jorgensen;

VIII. Ævikviða (Ævkv) - 9

Ævikviða — Ásb ÆvkvVIII (OStór)

Peter Jorgensen (forthcoming), ‘ Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða’ 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=3166> (accessed 28 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 

SkP info: VIII, 615

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9 — Ásb Ævkv 9VIII (OStór 12)

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Cite as: Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar 12 (Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 615.

Mundi Ormr         ófrýnn vera,
ef hann á kvöl þessa         kynni at líta
ok grimmliga         gjalda þursi
várar viðfarar         víst, ef hann næði.

Ormr mundi vera ófrýnn, ef hann kynni at líta á þessa kvöl ok víst gjalda þursi viðfarar várar grimmliga, ef hann næði.

Ormr would be displeased if he could look upon this torment and certainly pay back the giant terribly for our [my] treatment, if he could.

Mss: Flat(70va), 2845(24r), 554h βˣ(63v-64r) (OStór)

Readings: [2] vera: verða 554h βˣ    [3] kvöl: kval 2845    [4] kynni at líta: ‘kappmenn fæe’ 554h βˣ    [5] grimmliga: ‘gresslega’ 554h βˣ    [7] várar: ‘vor’ 554h βˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 18. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar IV 9: AII, 344, BII, 365, Skald II, 198; ÓT 1689, 14, Fms 3, 221Flat 1860-8, I, 528, Þorleifur Jónsson 1904, 214, Guðni Jónsson 1935, 185 (ch. 7), Guðni Jónsson 1946-9, 11, 457-8 (ch. 7), Faulkes 2011b, 71 (ch. 7) (OStór).

Context: The final stanza spoken by Ásbjǫrn as Brúsi the giant leads him around an iron pillar, and Ásbjǫrn’s intestines wind onto it. He dies immediately afterwards.

Notes: [1]: This line contains only three syllables, making it likely that desyllabification of final ‑r has occurred. The line probably contained four syllables, with Ormr disyllabic (Ormur). — [2] ófrýnn ‘displeased’: Lit. ‘frowning’. Uncommon in skaldic poetry; cf. Anon Brúðv 13/2VII, where the adj. is used of the Virgin Mary’s displeasure with one of her devotees.

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