Cite as: Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 8’ 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. 1100.
servant takes Vǫlsi and speaks a stanza.
notes: [1-4]: Cf. Rþ 4/2-3, where the bread of Edda, mother of the race of servants, is described in very similar terms as øcqvinn hleif, þungan ok þyccan ‘bulging loaf, heavy and thick’ (NK 280; Dronke 1997, 217; Kommentar III, 533-4). Dronke refers in this context to the Old English Riddle no. 45 (Krapp and Dobbie 1936, 205), which depicts the rising of dough as an analogue of sexual tumescence. — [3-4]: This pair of half-lines is placed in brackets or in a footnote by previous eds, since st. 8 has one pair more than is normal in the Vǫlsa stanzas, but the content gives no grounds for that. Cf. Note to st. 9 [All].
texts: ‹Vǫlsa 8›,
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr 8 (AII, 220; BII, 238); Skald II, 123, NN §1451 Anm.; Flat 1860-8, II, 334 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 136, CPB II, 382, Edd. Min. 124, Schröder 1933, 81-2.