Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 11’ 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. 1102.
examines Vǫlsi carefully, smiles and speaks a stanza, before passing it on to the
third guest, who is called konungr ‘king’ in the prose
notes: The attribution of the stanza to the distinguished skáld Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (ÞormV) is an amusing fiction. It is printed in Skj AI, 285-6, BI, 264 as Þorm Lv 17 as well as in the Vǫlsa sequence in Skj AII, BII. —  flent reðr fyrri ‘penis with the foreskin pulled back ... first’: Ms. 292ˣ instead reads ‘flemt edur firne’, which may be related to ModIcel. flimt n. ‘a lampoon, libel’ and firni n. pl. ‘an abomination, shocking thing’ (cf. Düwel 1971, 166 referring to CVC). The force of fyrri in the Flat text, here translated ‘first’, is not clear.
texts: ‹Vǫlsa 12›,
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr 11 (AII, 220; BII, 239); Skald II, 124; Flat 1860-8, II, 335 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 137, CPB II, 382, Edd. Min. 125, Schröder 1933, 82.