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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon (Sv) 6II

[All]: As was the case with Lv 2-3 above, this st. is also anonymous, but it is spoken by Sverrir (ÍF 30, 257): Litla ván eiga Birkibeinar þar góðs hǫfðingja er þú ert, ok er svá sem kveðit er ‘The Birkibeinar have scant hope of a good chieftain there where you are concerned, and it is just as it is said’. A little later in the same speech, Sverrir recites another snatch of poetry, this time Fáfn 6/4-6 (NK 181). It could well be that the present st., too, originally belonged to an eddic poem (no longer extant).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. ÍF 30 = Sverris saga. Ed. Þorleifur Hauksson. 2007.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite ()


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