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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Forað Lv 6VIII (Ket 27)

Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 27 (Forað, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 579.


text and translation

Flaug ok Fífu         hugða ek fjarri vera,
        ok hræðumz ek ei Hremsu bit.

Ek hugða Flaug ok Fífu vera fjarri, ok hræðumz ek ei bit Hremsu.
‘I thought Flaug and Fífa were far away, and I do not fear Hremsa’s bite.

notes and context

Forað replies to Ketill’s reference to his weapons in the previous stanza by saying that she thought his arrows were far away. The stanza is introduced with the words: Hún kveðr vísu ‘She speaks a stanza’. Ketill shoots an arrow and wounds her fatally, although she has attempted to escape by assuming the shape of a whale and diving into the sea.



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 og vers [XIII], E. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga V 12: AII, 284, BII, 305, Skald II, 162, NN §2391FSN 2, 130, FSGJ 2, 172, Anderson 1990, 54, 100; Edd. Min. 82.


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