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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

I. 8. Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr (Vǫlsa) - 14

2.2: Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr — Anon (Vǫlsa)I

Wilhelm Heizmann 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr’ 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. 1089.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 

for reference only:  14 

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr (AII, 219-21, BII, 237-9)

SkP info: I, 1094

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3 — Anon (Vǫlsa) 3I

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Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 3’ 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. 1094.

Ek gull á gestum
ok guðvefjar skikkjur;
mér fellr hugr til hringa;
heldr vil ek bjúg en ljúga.
Kenni ek þik, konungr minn;
kominn ertu, Óláfr.

 

I see gold and cloaks of precious material on the guests; I am pleased by the rings; I would rather be crippled than tell a lie. I recognize you, my king; you have come, Óláfr.

context: King Óláfr, together with Finnr Árnason and Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, visits the farm incognito; all three don grey cloaks and say they are called Grímr. They are greeted warmly by the daughter of the house. She recognizes the guests in spite of their disguise, as she reveals in the stanza. Afterwards King Óláfr asks her to keep the secret to herself.

notes: This is the only stanza that deviates from the (irregular) fornyrðislag metre of the others, and it has only six lines rather than the normal (though not invariable) eight. CPB puts it at the end of the poem, while Heusler and Ranisch (Edd. Min.) omit it.

texts: Vǫlsa 3, Flat 583

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr 3 (AII, 219; BII, 237); Skald II, 123, NN §§2359, 2993D; Flat 1860-8, II, 333 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 135, CPB II, 382, Edd. Min. 123-4, Schröder 1933, 80.

sources

GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 122ra, 25 - 122ra, 27 (Flat)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 292 4°x (292x) 54v, 28 - 54v, 30 (Vǫlsa)  image  
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