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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. . <> (accessed 18 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 

SkP info: VIII, 610

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3 — Ásb Ævkv 3VIII (OStór 6)

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Cite as: Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar 6 (Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 610.

Annat var, þá er inni.
Allstórir saman fórum;
stóð þar upp í stafni
Stórólfs burr inn frækni,
þá er langskipum lagði
lundr at Eyrasundi;
nú mun ek tældr í tryggðum
trolla byggðir kanna.

Annat var, þá er inni. Allstórir fórum saman; {inn frækni burr Stórólfs} stóð þar upp í stafni, þá er lundr lagði langskipum at Eyrasundi; ek, tældr í tryggðum, mun nú kanna byggðir trolla.

It used to be different, when inside. We mighty ones travelled together; {the brave son of Stórólfr} [= Ormr] stood up there at the prow when the tree <warrior> sailed the warships towards the Øresund; I, betrayed under truce, will now explore the dwellings of trolls.

Mss: Flat(70va), 2845(23v), 554h βˣ(63v) (ll. 3-4) (OStór)

Readings: [2] fórum: so 2845, fóru Flat    [4] Stórólfs: stórum 2845, stor var 554h βˣ;    burr inn frækni: ‘byr hiä frigðum’ 554h βˣ    [6] lundr: ‘lunz’ 2845

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 18. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar IV 3: AII, 343, BII, 365, Skald II, 198, NN §184; ÓT 1689, 13, Fms 3, 218-19, Flat 1860-8, I, 528, Þorleifur Jónsson 1904, 213; Guðni Jónsson 1935, 183 (ch. 7), Guðni Jónsson 1946-9, 11, 457-8 (ch. 7), Faulkes 2011b, 69-70 (ch. 7) (OStór).

Notes: [1]: See Note to OStór 5/1. — [2] fórum ‘we … travelled’: The reading of 2845 has been chosen here over Flat’s fóru ‘they travelled’, because it accords better with the 1st pers. pl. verbs at OStór 5/3, 9/2, 10/2 and 11/2. — [3] stóð þar upp í stafni ‘stood up there at the prow’: Cf. Egill Lv 3/5V (Eg 7), standa upp í stafni ‘stand up in the prow’. — [6] lundr ‘the tree <warrior>’: Commonly the base-word of a kenning for ‘man’ or ‘warrior’, here a half-kenning for ‘man, warrior’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends þá er (l. 5) to hjǫrs ‘of the sword’ to give a two-part warrior kenning lund hjǫrs ‘tree of the sword’, but this is unjustified both palaeographically and from the point of view of late skaldic diction, where such half-kennings are common (cf. Meissner 78-80; NN §184 and Faulkes 2011b, 95 n.). — [6] at Eyrasundi ‘towards the Øresund’: The strait that separates the Danish island of Sjælland from the present-day Swedish province of Skåne. — [7] tældr í tryggðum ‘betrayed under truce’: The reference of this phrase is unknown and does not match the prose context, which gives no indication that Brúsi has lured Ásbjǫrn to his cave on any pretext whatsoever.

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