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Rv Lv 8II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur 8’ 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. 585.

Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali KolssonLausavísur
789

text and translation

Brast, þás bæði lesti
— bauð hrǫnn skaða mǫnnum —
— sút fekk veðr it váta
vífum — Hjǫlp ok Fífu.
Sék, at sjá mun þykkja
snarlyndra fǫr jarla
— sveit gat vás at vísu
vinna — hǫfð at minnum.

Brast, þás lesti bæði Hjǫlp ok Fífu; hrǫnn bauð mǫnnum skaða; it váta veðr fekk vífum sút. Sék, at sjá fǫr snarlyndra jarla mun þykkja hǫfð at minnum; sveit gat vinna vás at vísu.
 
‘There was a loud noise when both Hjǫlp and Fífa were damaged; the wave caused men harm; the wet weather gave women sorrow. I see that that voyage of bold-hearted jarls will be kept in memory; the crew got drenching work for sure.

notes and context

Ch. 85 of Orkn describes in some detail the shipwreck suffered by Rǫgnvaldr and his fellow jarl Haraldr Maddaðarson in two ships given to Rǫgnvaldr by King Ingi Haraldsson of Norway. It transpires that they were wrecked in Shetland; once all the crew have been billetted on different farms, Rǫgnvaldr speaks this st. in response to people’s questions about his journey.

The shipwreck took place in the autumn of 1148. The saga goes on to mention a place called Gullberuvík, now Gulberwick in Shetland, and detailed interdisciplinary study suggests that it did indeed take place in that bay (Morrison 1973, 78-110; Collings, Farrell and Morrison 1975-6) though no trace of it could be found.

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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 8: AI, 506-7, BI, 480, Skald I, 235-6; Flat 1860-8, II, 474, Orkn 1887, 150, Orkn 1913-16, 218, ÍF 34, 196-7 (ch. 85), Bibire 1988, 229.

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