Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Laufás Edda 9’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 646.
These anonymous half-stanzas (Anon (LaufE) 9-10) in fornyrðislag (st. 9) and ljóðaháttr (st. 10) are found in mss of the LaufE Y redaction (mss 2368ˣ (main ms. for st. 10), 743ˣ). Anon (LaufE) 9 is also transmitted among the excerpts of LaufE in 742ˣ (main ms.) and 1496ˣ (see the discussion in Jón Helgason 1966a, 176). Neither of these stanzas is edited in Skj and Skald, but they are included (with German translation) in Jón Helgason (loc. cit.).
context: The helmingr is listed in the section on heiti and kennings for ‘river-water’ (LaufE 1979, 337: Arvatn heiter ‘River-water is called’), and the kenning sveita foldar ‘blood of the earth’ illustrates ‘water’ being paraphrased as ben, blod, dreyra og sueita jardarinnar ‘wounds, blood, gore and blood of the earth’.
texts: ‹LaufE 15 (337)›,
‹LaufE 15 (337)›
editions: Skj Not in Skj;
LaufE 1979, 337, Jón Helgason 1966a, 176.