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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Mberf) 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 7’ 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. 834-5.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts

text and translation

Eggjendr baðat ugga
óhlífinn gramr lífi,
hvégis lét inn ljóti
landgarðr fyrir barði.
Satt vas, at allvaldr átti
ógnsnart borit hjarta;
súð varð í gný grœðis
geyst farsælu treystask.

Óhlífinn gramr baðat eggjendr ugga lífi, hvégis {inn ljóti landgarðr} lét fyrir barði. Vas satt, at allvaldr átti borit ógnsnart hjarta; geyst súð varð treystask farsælu í gný grœðis.
‘The unsparing lord did not tell the warriors to fear for their life, no matter how the hideous land-enclosure [SEA] howled before the bow. It was true that the mighty ruler was born with a battle-keen heart; the swift-moving ship had to trust its luck in the din of the sea.

notes and context

As Anon (Mberf) 6 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 og vers [XII], B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 4: AI, 592, BI, 592, Skald I, 289, NN §2549; Mork 1867, 152, Mork 1928-32, 331, Andersson and Gade 2000, 309, 487 (Mberf); Fms 7, 67 (Mberf ch. 34); F 1871, 276 (Mberf).


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