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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 19II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 19’ 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. 597-8.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

text and translation

Unðak vel, þás vanðisk
víneik tali mínu,
— gæfr vask vǫlsku vífi
vánarlaust — á hausti.
Nú gerik enn, þvít unnum
áttgóðu vel fljóði,
— grjót verðr laust at láta
límsett — ara mettan.

Unðak vel á hausti, þás {víneik} vanðisk tali mínu; vask vánarlaust gæfr vǫlsku vífi. Nú gerik enn ara mettan, þvít unnum áttgóðu fljóði vel; límsett grjót verðr at láta laust.
‘I liked it well in the autumn when the wine-oak [WOMAN] got used to my conversation; I was clearly pleasing to the French woman. Now I make the eagle replete again, because we [I] love the well-born woman well; the mortared stone is starting to come loose.

notes and context

As for st. 18.

[7-8]: The saga prose states that the mortar could not withstand (þolði eigi, ÍF 34, 216) the attackers’ fire.



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 19: AI, 509, BI, 483, Skald I, 237, NN §§977, 2990E; Flat 1860-8, II, 481, Orkn 1887, 166, Orkn 1913-16, 241, ÍF 34, 217 (ch. 87), Bibire 1988, 234.


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