Margaret Clunies Ross 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Lausavísa’ 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. 117.
This lausavísa (Þhorn Lv), together with one each by Auðunn illskælda (Auðunn Lv 2) and Ǫlvir hnúfa (Ǫlv Lv), is extant only in Skálda saga Haralds konungs hárfagra (Skáld), within a short narrative about King Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ and his poets preserved on a single leaf of Hauksbók (Hb, fol. 102r). For the background to the narrative, the poor state of the text in Hb, and the previous editions, see Introduction to Auðunn Lv 2.
The text of Þorbjǫrn’s lausavísa printed here depends primarily on what little can still be read of Hb today, augmented by readings from the paper mss 67aˣ and 67bˣ (both l. 1 only) and from the earlier editions Fms 3, n. p., SnE 1848-87, III, 412 and Hb 1892-6, 447; these editions are indicated in the Readings with the sigla HbFms n. p., HbSnE and HbFJ, respectively. As it is now impossible to confirm or deny readings from transcripts and earlier editions without current ms. evidence, they are given in italics and treated as on a par with emendations. The translation and interpretation of the stanza is suggestive only, given the poor state of preservation of the ms., and conjectures have not been used, although some are mentioned in the Notes.
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