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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 25II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 25’ 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, p. 603.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

Nennum vér at vinna
— valfall má nú kalla —
(ár hefr drengr í dreyra)
drómund (roðit skjóma).
Þat mun norðr ok norðan
naddregn konan fregna
— þjóð beið ljótt af lýðum
líftjón — til Nerbónar.

Vér nennum at vinna drómund; má nú kalla valfall; drengr hefr ár roðit skjóma í dreyra. Konan mun fregna {þat naddregn} norðr ok norðan til Nerbónar; þjóð beið ljótt líftjón af lýðum.

We are minded to overpower the dromon; it may now be called a corpse-fall; the warrior has soon reddened his sword in blood. The woman will hear of {that spear-rain} [BATTLE] north and from the north to Narbonne; the army suffered ugly life-loss from the men.

Mss: Flat(140va); R702ˣ(49r) (Orkn)

Readings: [1] Nennum: Nennu R702ˣ    [6] ‑regn: so R702ˣ, ‑regns Flat    [7] beið: ‘bad’ R702ˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 510, Skj BI, 485, Skald I, 238, NN §§1156, 1987, 2481D; Flat 1860-8, II, 485, Orkn 1887, 173, Orkn 1913-16, 250, ÍF 34, 226-7 (ch. 88), Bibire 1988, 236.

Context: As for st. 24.

Notes: [4] drómund ‘the dromon’: See Note to st. 24/4. — [5, 8] norðr ok norðan til Nerbónar ‘north and from the north to Narbonne’: Kock argues (NN §1156) that the news of the battle went north (to Norway!) from Narbonne, however this is at odds with Rǫgnvaldr’s other sts which are obsessed with the woman in Narbonne, i.e. Ermingerðr (see Note to st. 15 [All]). He is saying that the news will reach her from both directions, north and south (cf. Bibire 1988; also Skj B and ÍF 34).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  6. ÍF 34 = Orkneyinga saga. Ed. Finnbogi Guðmundsson. 1965.
  7. Orkn 1913-16 = Sigurður Nordal, ed. 1913-16. Orkneyinga saga. SUGNL 40. Copenhagen: Møller.
  8. Bibire, Paul. 1988. ‘The Poetry of Earl Rǫgnvaldr’s Court’. In Crawford 1988, 208-40.
  9. Orkn 1887 = Gudbrand Vigfusson 1887-94, I.

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