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Lausavísa — Arn LvII

Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson

Diana Whaley 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Lausavísa’ 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. 280-1.

 

This st. (Arn Lv) is preserved only in the Orkn text in Flat and in R702ˣ (the main ms.). The narrative in which it is embedded, concerning the sea-battle fought off Roberry (Rauðabjǫrg) between the Orcadian jarls Þorfinnr and Rǫgnvaldr (mid-1040s), is the only one to feature Arnórr as a protagonist and as the speaker of an impromptu st. The st.’s status as a lv. is also suggested by its air of anticipation and immediacy, effected through pres. and future verbs and 1st-pers. expressions. If there is a reason to doubt that it is indeed a lv., it is that Arnórr also commemorated the same battle in Þorfdr 19-22, and if those sts truly belong there (see Introduction) it is not impossible that the ‘Lv’ did too, though it would be highly uncharacteristic of a formal encomium.

References

  1. Internal references
  2. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Orkneyinga saga (Orkn)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  3. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Þorfinnsdrápa 19’ 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. 251-2.
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