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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 26II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 26’ 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. 603-4.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

text and translation

Gekk á drómund døkkvan
— drengr réð snart til fengjar —
upp með œrnu kappi
Auðun fyrstr inn rauði.
Þar nôðu vér þjóðar
— því hefr aldar goð valdit —
— bolr fellr blár á þiljur —
blóði vôpn at rjóða.

Auðun inn rauði gekk fyrstr með œrnu kappi upp á døkkvan drómund; drengr réð snart til fengjar. Nôðu vér at rjóða vôpn þar blóði þjóðar; goð aldar hefr valdit því; blár bolr fellr á þiljur.
‘Auðun inn rauði (‘the Red’) went first, with sufficient valour, up onto the dark dromon; the warrior went quickly for loot. We were able to redden weapons there in the blood of the army; the God of men has caused that; the black trunk falls onto the planking.

notes and context

In discussions after the battle, there is disagreement about who boarded the dromon first. Some felt it would be foolish for them not to all tell the same story about the great event, so it is agreed that Rǫgnvaldr should pronounce on the matter.



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 26: AI, 510-11, BI, 485, Skald I, 238; Flat 1860-8, II, 485, Orkn 1887, 173, Orkn 1913-16, 251, ÍF 34, 227 (ch. 88), Bibire 1988, 236.


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