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Anon (Styrb) 3I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa 3’ 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. 1079.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa
23

text and translation

Lætr eigi mik lýtir
liðbands, sás frið grandar,
— reiðr emk stála stýri —
Styrbjǫrn vesa kyrran.
Þat mun sáð of síðir
sigrnennum her kenna
— roðin eru leyfðra lofða
lindi* — sôr at binda.

Styrbjǫrn, {lýtir {liðbands}}, sás grandar frið, lætr mik eigi vesa kyrran; emk reiðr {stýri stála}. Þat sáð mun of síðir kenna sigrnennum her at binda sôr; lindi* leyfðra lofða eru roðin.
 
‘Styrbjǫrn, the harmer of the limb-band [RING > GENEROUS MAN], who damages peace, will not let me remain quiet; I am angry with the wielder of steel weapons [WARRIOR]. That seed will after a time teach the victory-minded army to bind [their] wounds; the spears of the praised men are reddened.

notes and context

Styrbjǫrn returns to Sweden, and the night before the battle with his uncle Eiríkr he sacrifices to Þórr (and Eiríkr to Óðinn). The þáttr then records that a red-bearded man was seen that night in Styrbjǫrn’s camp and spoke the stanza.

̇From the Context (above) we are clearly to understand that the red-bearded man who speaks the stanza is Þórr himself (though in Fms 12 Óðinn is assumed).

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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 [6]. ‘En rødskægget mand’: AI, 187, BI, 176, Skald I, 94, NN §§1853A, 2459; Fms 5, 249-50, Fms 12, 115, Flat 1860-8, II, 72 (Styrb).

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