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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Lv 2II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Lausavísur 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. 671-2.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonLausavísur


The st. (Ólhv Lv 2) appears in Hák and is transmitted in E, F, 42ˣ, 81a, 8, and Flat. E has been selected as the main ms.

text and translation

Tjón hǫfum Birkibeina,
bǫðhraustr, fregit austan,
brátt mun bug þann rétta
bragningr, ef vel hagnar.
Virðendr munu verða
vápnglyms funa ymsir
— veitk, at vart hefr Knúti
vegnat — brǫgðum fegnir.

Hǫfum fregit austan tjón Birkibeina; bǫðhraustr bragningr mun brátt rétta þann bug, ef vel hagnar. {Virðendr {funa {vápnglyms}}} munu ymsir verða fegnir brǫgðum; veitk, at hefr vegnat vart Knúti.
‘We have learned from the east about the destruction of the Birkibeinar; the battle-daring king will soon set that right, if all goes well. The esteemers of the flame of weapon-noise [BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIORS] will in turn be gladdened by the exploits; I know that it has gone badly for Knútr.

notes and context

King Hákon was informed that the Birkibeinar, under the leadership of Jarl Knútr Hákonarson, were routed at the battle of Låke (9 March 1240) by the forces of Skúli Bárðarson.



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: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 5. Lausavísur 2: AII, 98, BII, 109, Skald II, 58; E 1916, 594, F 1871, 507, Hák 1910-86, 539, Hák 1977-82, 117, Flat 1860-8, III, 141.


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