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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

VIII. Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama (StSt) - 2

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Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama — Anon (StSt)VIII (StSt)

Not published: do not cite (Anon (StSt)VIII (StSt))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 17. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Sturlaugs saga starfsama (AII, 341-34, BII, 364)

SkP info: VIII, 783

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1 — Anon (StSt) 1VIII (StSt 1)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Sturlaugs saga starfsama 1 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 783.

Kominn er Sturlaugr
inn starfsami
horn at sækja
ok hringa fjölð.
Hér er í húsi
at höfuðblóti
gull ok gersímar;
grimt er oss í hug.


Sturlaugr inn starfsami (‘the Industrious’) has come to fetch the horn and a multitude of rings. Here in the building there is gold and treasures for a major sacrifice; our mood is ugly.

context: Sturlaugr and his party have travelled in Bjarmaland (Permia) and further to the Vína (Dvina) river when they see a gleaming temple (hof allglæsiligt) ahead of them. Sturlaugr and a companion, Hrólfr nefja ‘Beaknose’, enter the temple in quest of an aurochs horn, which Sturlaugr has been charged to fetch by King Haraldr gullmuðr. They see it filled with poison, but gleaming as if golden on a table in front of an icon of the god Þórr. Thirty women inside the temple speak the following threatening kviðlingr ‘snippet of poetry’ when they see Sturlaugr.

notes: The general scenario of a hero questing in an exotic north-eastern European setting (in this case Bjarmaland), together with a pagan temple in which a temple priestess is actively engaged in blót and is hostile to the hero is reminiscent of the Bjálkaland episode of Ǫrv (see Ǫrv 59-70 and the Introduction to those stanzas, as well as Lassen 2009, 268-71).

texts: StSt 1

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 17. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Sturlaugs saga starfsama 1 (AII, 341-2; BII, 364); Skald II, 196-7; StSt 1694, 50, FSN III, 627-8, FSGJ III, 141-2, StSt 1969, 21, 206, 349.


AM 335 4° (335) 7v, 13 - 7v, 14 (StSt)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 589 f 4° (589f) 9r, 5 - 9r, 7 (StSt)  image  image  image  
AM 335 4° (335) 7v, 13 - 7v, 14 (StSt)  image  image  
GKS 1006 folx (1006x) 960, 7 - 960, 9 (StSt)  image  
Holm papp 30 4°x (30x) 397r - 397v, 7 (StSt)  image  
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