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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Hrólf) 2VIII (Hrólf 11)

†Desmond Slay and Margaret Clunies Ross (eds) 2017, ‘Hrólfs saga kraka 11 (Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísa from Hrólfs saga kraka 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 548.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísa from Hrólfs saga kraka

text and translation

Flýra sá elda,         er yfir hleypr.

Sá flýra elda, er hleypr yfir.
‘He does not flee the fires who leaps over [them].

notes and context

In Hrólf Hrólfr speaks these words, and then he and his champions leap over the fire and try to seize Aðils. Hrólfr had previously vowed to flee neither fire nor iron. In SnE Hrólfr speaks these words after leaping over the fires. His men follow him, and they seize those who had built up the fires and throw them onto the blaze.



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 [X], II. B. 1. Kong Rolf i Adilses hal: AI, 181, BI, 171, Skald I, 92; SnE 1848-87, I, 396, II, 361, 580, SnE 1931, 141 SnE 1998, I, 59, 188; Hrólf 1960, 97.


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