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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 8’ 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. 821-2.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar

text and translation

Skóð lætr skína rauðan
skjǫld, es dregr at hjaldri;
brúðr sér Aurnis jóða
ófǫr konungs gǫrva.
Sviptir sveiflankjapta
svanni holdi manna;
ulfs munn litar innan
óðlôt kona blóði;
ok óðlôt kona bloði.

Skóð lætr rauðan skjǫld skína, es dregr at hjaldri; {brúðr {jóða Aurnis}} sér gǫrva ófǫr konungs. Svanni sviptir holdi manna sveiflankjapta; óðlôt kona litar munn ulfs innan blóði; ok óðlôt kona bloði.
‘The troll-woman lets the red shield shine when it draws close to battle; the bride of Aurnir’s <giant’s> brood [GIANTS > GIANTESS] sees the king’s destined defeat at hand. The woman tosses men’s flesh to the grinding jaw; the raving female reddens the wolf’s mouth within with blood; and the raving female with blood.

notes and context

The st. is recited by a troll-woman who appears in a dream to one of King Haraldr Sigurðarson’s men on the journey to England in 1066. She rides on a wolf which has a corpse in its mouth. When it has finished eating, she continues to throw corpses into its mouth, and it swallows them all (so Hkr, Fsk, H-Hr). Mork and Flat simply state that she is sighted on a cliff during the expedition to England.

[8]: For the repetition of this l., see Note to Anon (HSig) 7/9 above.



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 om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [8]. Drömme- og varselsvers 10: AI, 430, BI, 400, Skald I, 198; ÍF 28, 177 (HSig ch. 81), F 1871, 243, E 1916, 91; ÍF 29, 277-8 (ch. 62); Mork 1867, 112, Mork 1928-32, 266, Andersson and Gade 2000, 264, 480 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 389 (MH); Fms 6, 403-4 (HSig ch. 114); Hb 1892-6, 338, Fellows Jensen 1962, 45 (Hem).


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