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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 1II

Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 815-16.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar


This st. (Anon (HSig) 1) is recorded in Mork (Mork), Flat (Flat), FskBˣ, FskAˣ (Fsk), H, Hr (H-Hr) and mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ of Hkr, and it is anonymous in all mss. Mork, which offers the best reading, is the main ms.

text and translation

Skôru jast ór osti
eybaugs Dana meyjar
— þat of angraði þengil
þing — akkerishringa.
Nú sér mǫrg í morgun
mær — hlær at því færi —
ernan krók ór jarni
allvalds skipum halda.

Meyjar Dana {eybaugs} skôru akkerishringa ór jastosti; þat þing of angraði þengil. Nú í morgun sér mǫrg mær ernan krók ór jarni halda skipum allvalds; færi hlær at því.
‘The girls of the Danes of the island-ring [SEA] carved anchor-rings from yeast-cheese; that object angered the lord. Now this morning many a maiden sees a powerful hook of iron holding the mighty ruler’s ships; fewer laugh at that.

notes and context

The daughters of the Dan. chieftain Þorkell geysir ‘Big-mouth’ mock King Haraldr harðráði of Norway by carving anchor-rings from cheese, saying that these will suffice to secure his ships. Haraldr arrives in Denmark, burns Þorkell’s farmstead and captures his daughters (c. 1048).

For this campaign, see also Hharð Lv 4, ÞjóðA Lv 2, Bǫlv Hardr 8 and Grani Har 1-2.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [7]. Lausavísur 6: AI, 425-6, BI, 395, Skald I, 196, NN §§909, 1953A; Mork 1867, 52, Mork 1928-32, 157, Andersson and Gade 2000, 195-6, 475 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 336 (MH); Fms 6, 253-4 (HSig ch. 48); ÍF 29, 252 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 110-11 (HSig ch. 32), F 1871, 211, E 1916, 54-5.


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