Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1092.
context: The prose text sets the story in the time before the expulsion of King Óláfr from Norway by King Knútr (late 1020s), and connects it with the Christianizing efforts of Óláfr. The king is informed about heathen practices being performed on a remote farm in northern Norway. The family at the farm, a farmer, a housewife and their son and daughter, are introduced and st. 1 cited with at þui sem j upphafi kuædissins segir ok suo hefr ‘as it says in the beginning of the poem, starting thus’. The prose resumes with the remainder of the household: a male and a female servant, and a dog called Lærir.
notes: The stanza is missing in 292ˣ, and it was probably inserted into Flat as an introductory stanza deduced from the prose text.
texts: Vǫlsa 1›,
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr 1 (AII, 219; BII, 237); Skald II, 123; Flat 1860-8, II, 331 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 133, CPB II, 381, Edd. Min. 123, Schröder 1933, 78.