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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 18II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 18’ 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. 596-7.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

text and translation

Muna munk jól, þaus ólum
austr gjaldkera hraustum,
Ullr, at Egða fjǫllum,
undleygs, með Sǫlmundi.
Nú gerik enn of ǫnnur
jafnglaðr, sem vask þaðra,
sverðs at sunnanverðum
svarm kastala barmi.

{Ullr {undleygs}}, munk muna jól, þaus ólum austr at Egða fjǫllum með Sǫlmundi, hraustum gjaldkera. Nú, jafnglaðr, sem vask þaðra, gerik enn of ǫnnur {svarm sverðs} at sunnanverðum barmi kastala.
‘Ullr <god> of the wound-flame [SWORD > WARRIOR], I will remember the Christmases when we entertained in the east beside Agder’s mountains with Sǫlmundr, the valorous steward. Now, just as glad as I was there, I make, once again, throughout another [Christmas], a swarm of the sword [BATTLE] at the southern perimeter of the castle.

notes and context

After the beginning of the attack on the Galician castle described in st. 17, ch. 87 of Orkn recounts the fighting in some detail. During a lull, three sts (sts 18-19, Sigm Lv 1) are recited.



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: Rǫgnvaldr jarl kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 18: AI, 509, BI, 483, Skald I, 237, NN §1155; Flat 1860-8, II, 481, Orkn 1887, 166, Orkn 1913-16, 241, ÍF 34, 217 (ch. 87), Bibire 1988, 233.


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