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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hár Lv 2I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Hárekr í Þjóttu, Lausavísur 2’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 810.

Hárekr í ÞjóttuLausavísur

text and translation

Lætka Lundar ekkjur
(læbaugs) at því hlæja
(skjótum eik fyr útan
ey) né danskar meyjar,
Jǫrð, at eigi þørðak,
ifla flausts, í hausti
á flatslóðir Fróða
fara aptr Vali krapta.

Lætka ekkjur Lundar né danskar meyjar hlæja at því — skjótum {eik {læbaugs}} fyr útan ey —, {Jǫrð {flausts ifla}}, at eigi þørðak í hausti fara {Vali krapta} aptr á {flatslóðir Fróða}.
‘I will not let the widows of Lund nor Danish maidens laugh about this — we speed the oak of the deceit-ring [SEA > SHIP] beyond the island —, Jǫrð <goddess> of the ship of the hawk [ARM > WOMAN], that I did not dare in the autumn to travel in the Valr <horse> of the bollard [SHIP] back over the level tracks of Fróði <sea-king> [SEA].

notes and context

See Context to Lv 1. This stanza is spoken as Hárekr leaves the Eyrarsund (Øresund); ÓH-Hkr specify that he is sailing north past Veðrey (Väderø, Skåne).



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: Hárekr Eyvindarson í Þjóttu, Lausavísur 2: AI, 309, BI, 286, Skald I, 146, NN §1125; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 379, IV, 147-8, ÍF 27, 291, Hkr 1991, II, 464-5 (ÓHHkr ch. 158); Fms 4, 373, Fms 12, 90-1, ÓH 1941, I, 453 (ch. 150), Flat 1860-8, II, 287; Fsk 1902-3, 169 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 189-90 (ch. 32); ÓHLeg 1922, 62, ÓHLeg 1982, 150-1.


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