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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 21II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 21’ 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. 599-600.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

text and translation

Skalkak hryggr í hreggi,
Hlín, meðan strengr ok lína
svǫrðr fyr snekkju barði,
svalteigar, brestr eigi.
Því réðk hvítri heita
hǫrskorð, es fórk norðan,
— vindr berr snart at sundi
súðmar — konu prúðri.

Skalkak hryggr í hreggi, {Hlín {svalteigar}}, meðan strengr ok lína, svǫrðr fyr barði snekkju, brestr eigi. Því réðk heita {hvítri hǫrskorð}, prúðri konu, es fórk norðan; vindr berr {súðmar} snart at sundi.
‘I shall not be upset in the storm, Hlín <goddess> of the cool plot [SEA > WOMAN], as long as the rope and the line, the hawser before the craft’s prow, does not break. That is what I promised to the pale linen-prop [WOMAN], the splendid woman, when I headed from the north; the wind carries the plank-horse [SHIP] briskly towards the strait.

notes and context

Sailing down the west coast of Spain, the crusaders suffer a storm, during which they spend three days at anchor, fearing that their ships will be wrecked.



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: Rǫgnvaldr jarl kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 21: AI, 509-10, BI, 483-4, Skald I, 237, NN §978; Flat 1860-8, II, 482, Orkn 1887, 167-8, Orkn 1913-16, 243, ÍF 34, 219-20 (ch. 87), Bibire 1988, 234-5.


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