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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Fsk) 1I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísa from Fagrskinna 1’ 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. 1081.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísa from Fagrskinna1

text and translation

Gerðak jarli         ørr at vári;
þat vas mér þá títt         en þetta nú.

Gerðak jarli ørr at vári; þat vas mér þá títt, en þetta nú.
‘I gave the jarl a scar in the spring; that occupied me then, and this now.

notes and context

See Introduction above. The speaker and his stanza are introduced in Fsk, Þá var annarr til leiddr. Sá mælti þetta ok hló at ‘Then another was led forward. He spoke this and laughed’. In Jvs, the introduction is more elaborate. The outcome of the scene is that the Jómsvíkingr is offered quarter by Eiríkr jarl, presumably on account of his bold conduct, and he accepts.

For a later skaldic account of the executions following the battle of Hjǫrungavágr, and of the quarter given to Vagn Ákason and twelve others, see Bjbp Jóms 40-5.



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 [X], Tillæg [2]. En Jomsviking: AI, 186, BI, 175, Skald I, 93, NN §2983; Fsk 1902-3, 100 (ch. 20), ÍF 29, 135 (ch. 22); Jvs 1879, 94.


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