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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 4II

Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 4’ 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, p. 818.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar

text and translation

Brenndum brúk á sandi;
bauðk hyr þara rauðum;
reyksvæla tók rjúka
rǫmm; en þat vas skǫmmu.
Enn fyr England sunnan
óð hestr und mér festa;
ristin skalf í rǫstu
rǫng; en þat vas lǫngu.

Brenndum brúk á sandi; bauðk rauðum hyr þara; rǫmm reyksvæla tók rjúka; en þat vas skǫmmu. Enn fyr sunnan England óð {hestr festa} und mér; ristin rǫng skalf í rǫstu; en þat vas lǫngu.
‘We [I] burned the heap of seaweed on the beach; I offered kelp to the red fire; the acrid thick smoke began to reek; and that was recently. And, south of England, the horse of moorings [SHIP] advanced beneath me; the carved frame shook in the current; but that was long ago.

notes and context

As st. 3 above.

[5-8]: For Notes and critical apparatus, see Hharð Lv 11/5-8, which is virtually identical (see Introduction to Lv 3-4 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], [7]. Lausavísur 9: AI, 426 (ll. 1-4), 360 (ll. 5-8), BI, 396 (ll. 1-4), 331 (ll. 5-8), Skald I, 196 (ll. 1-4), 167 (ll. 5-8); F 1871, 255 (HSig).


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