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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Sv) 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Sverris saga 3’ 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. 844.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Sverris saga

text and translation

Ætlak mér ina mæru
munnfagra Ingunni,
hvégis fundr með frægjum
ferr Magnúsi ok Sverri.

Ætlak mér ina mæru, munnfagra Ingunni, hvégis fundr ferr með frægjum Magnúsi ok Sverri.
‘I intend for myself [to have] the splendid, mouth-fair Ingunnr, however the encounter turns out between the famous Magnús and Sverrir.

notes and context

The helmingr is part of King Sverrir’s speech prior to the battle of Ilevollene (cf. Anon (Sv) 1-2 above). Sverrir cites it to illustrate the attitude of the farmers of Trøndelag who had been forced by Magnús Erlingsson to accompany him to battle.

As with Anon (Sv) 2 above, we do not know who composed this half-st. originally, but Sverrir is the one who recites it (ÍF 30, 73): En búandamúgrinn, sá er þeir hafa nauðgan hertekinn hingat, þá munu þeir ekki hirða um hvárir falla ef sjálfir eru þeir ósárir. Veit ek þat ok sannliga um alla Þrœndi at þeim er svá gefit sem skáldit kvað ‘But concerning the crowd of farmers, which they have brought here by force against their will, they will not care who falls if they themselves are not wounded. I also know this in truth about all the Þrœndir, that they feel the way the skald said’.



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 20: AI, 595, BI, 596, Skald I, 290; ÍF 30, 73 (ch. 47), Sv 1920, 51, Flat 1860-8, II, 575, E 1916, 300, Sv 1910-86, 57.


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