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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rv Lv 29II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 29’ 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. 605-6.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur

text and translation

Kross hangir þul þessum
— þjóst skyli lægt — fyr brjósti,
— flykkisk fram á brekkur
ferð — en palmr meðal herða.

Kross hangir fyr brjósti þessum þul, en palmr meðal herða; þjóst skyli lægt; ferð flykkisk fram á brekkur.
‘A cross hangs on the breast of this poet, and a palm between his shoulders; the tumult ought to be lessened; the group crowds forward on the slopes.

notes and context

Rǫgnvaldr and his men approach Jerusalem on their return from the Jordan.



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 29: AI, 511, BI, 486, Skald I, 238, NN §3110; Flat 1860-8, II, 487, Orkn 1887, 176-7, Orkn 1913-16, 255-6, ÍF 34, 233 (ch. 88), Bibire 1988, 238.


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