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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Mberf) 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 5’ 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. 832-3.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts


Anon (Mberf) 5 is transmitted in Mork (Mork), H, Hr (H-Hr) and in the Hkr mss which have been interpolated from Mork (F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ). The lv. is found in the so-called Giffarðs þáttr, the tale of the Norman knight Giffarðr in Mberf. That þáttr also contains Mberf Lv 2, as well as Eldj Lv 1-2. Mork is the main ms.

text and translation

Spurði gramr, hvat gerði
Giffarðr, þars lið barðisk;
vér ruðum vôpn í dreyra;
vasat hann kominn þannig.
Framreiðar vas fnauði
fulltrauðr á jó rauðum;
villat * flokk várn fylla;
falsk riddari inn valski.

Gramr spurði, hvat Giffarðr gerði, þars lið barðisk; vér ruðum vôpn í dreyra; hann vasat kominn þannig. Fnauði vas fulltrauðr framreiðar á rauðum jó; villat * fylla flokk várn; inn valski riddari falsk.
‘The lord asked what Giffarðr was doing where the troop fought; we reddened weapons in blood; he had not come there. The coward was extremely reluctant to advance on his chestnut steed; he does not wish to complete our company; the Norman knight was hiding.

notes and context

The st. is recited in response to Mberf Lv 2, in which Magnús asks the whereabouts of the Norman knight Giffarðr, who was in his army at the battle of Fuxerna, Sweden.



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 2: AI, 591, BI, 591-2, Skald I, 288; Mork 1867, 148, Mork 1928-32, 324, Andersson and Gade 2000, 303-4, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 57 (Mberf ch. 28); F 1871, 273, E 1916, 122 (Mberf).


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