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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
67

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.

Mss: Mork(24r) (Mork); H(92v), Hr(63va) (H-Hr); F(59va)

Readings: [1] Eggjendr: eggendr H, Hr    [3] lét: lætr F    [4] fyrir barði: hinn harði Hr, farit barði F    [5] vas at (‘var at’): er Hr    [8] treystask: treysta Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 592, Skj 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).

Context: As Anon (Mberf) 6 above.

Notes: [1] eggjendr (m. acc. pl.) ‘the warriors’: Lit. ‘inciters’. Usually serves as the base-word in a kenning and requires a determinant. Taken here as a half-kenning for ‘warriors’. Skj B emends to eggviðu ‘blade-woods’ (i.e. ‘warriors’), while Skald supplies eggsendi ‘blade-senders’ (see NN §2549). Both emendations are metrically incorrect because they result in heptasyllabic ll. (resolution on the verb in positions 3-4 does not otherwise occur until the C14th). — [7] súð ‘ship’: Refers to the overlapping boards in the ship-side. See Note to Hharð Gamv 2/2.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  7. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  8. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  9. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
  10. Internal references
  11. Not published: do not cite (MberfII)
  12. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 6’ 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. 833-4.
  13. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Gamanvísur 2’ 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. 36-7.
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