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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Sv) 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Sverris saga 1’ 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. 842-3.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Sverris saga


These three anonymous lvv. from Sv (Anon (Sv) 1-3) are preserved in mss 327, Flat, E and 81a (8 has a lacuna here), and Lv 2-3 are also found in 304ˣ. The sts, which are the first to be recorded in the prose of Sv, are all cited in connection with the battle of Ilevollene between Sverrir Sigurðarson and Magnús Erlingson (on 27 May 1180). The metre of Anon (Sv) 1 is fornyrðislag.

text and translation

Fylgðu ræsi:        Rygir ok Hǫrðar,
Filir ok Sygnir        sem Firða lið,
Mœrir allir,        menn raumdœlskir,
erkibyskup,        ǫll Þrœndalǫg.

Fylgðu ræsi: Rygir ok Hǫrðar, Filir ok Sygnir sem lið Firða, allir Mœrir, raumdœlskir menn, erkibyskup, ǫll Þrœndalǫg.
‘They accompanied the ruler: the Rygir and the Hǫrðar, the Filir and the Sygnir, along with the host of the Firðir, all the Mœrir, men from Romsdalen, the archbishop, all Trøndelag.

notes and context

In the spring of 1180, Magnús Erlingsson summons the levy from the entire western coast of Norway. He sails with his fleet from south-eastern Norway and north to Trondheim, where Sverrir has been spending the winter. Archbishop Eysteinn Erlendsson accompanies Magnús. This st. enumerates the units that participate in that expedition.

This st., which is anonymous in all mss, is the only one in Sv that is cited as verification of information given in the prose. — The Rygir were the people from modern Rogaland, the Hǫrðar the people from Hordaland and the Filir were the inhabitants of Fjalir, the south-western part of Sunnfjord. The Sygnir hailed from Sogn, the Firðir from Fjordane and the Mœrir from Møre. — [1]: Echoes Gísl Magnkv 2/5.



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 [XII], B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 19: AI, 595, BI, 595, Skald I, 290; ÍF 30, 68 (ch. 44), Sv 1920, 47, Flat 1860-8, II, 572, E 1916, 297, Sv 1910-86, 53.


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