This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas

login: password: stay logged in: help

Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

I. 4. Lausavísa from Fagrskinna (Fsk) - 1

2.2: Lausavísa from Fagrskinna — Anon (Fsk)I

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘ Anonymous, Lausavísa from Fagrskinna’ 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. 1081. <> (accessed 22 May 2022)

stanzas:  1 

in texts: Fsk, Jvs

SkP info: I, 1081

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


This helmingr in fornyrðislag (Anon (Fsk)), spoken by an unnamed warrior, forms part of the famous scene in which the Jómsvíkingar, defeated and captured by the jarls Hákon Sigurðarson and his son Eiríkr Hákonarson after the battle of Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985), respond to the prospect of execution with a series of terse witticisms. (On the battle and other skaldic poetry associated with it, see the entry on Hákon jarl Sigurðarson in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.) The stanza is preserved in Fsk’s version of the scene (in FskBˣ, here used as the main ms., and FskAˣ), and also in the long redaction of Jvs in 510.

Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated