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Slembir Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 499-500.

Sigurðr slembidjákn MagnússonLausavísa1

Gótt vas í gamma,        es vér glaðir drukkum,
ok glaðr grams sonr        gekk meðal bekkja.
Vasa þar gamans vant        at gamansdrykkju;
þegn gladdi þegn        þarlands sem hvar.

Vas gótt í gamma, es vér drukkum glaðir, ok {glaðr sonr grams} gekk meðal bekkja. Þar vasa vant gamans at gamansdrykkju; þegn gladdi þegn, þarlands sem hvar.

It was good in the hut when we drank, gladdened, and {the glad-hearted son of the ruler} [= Sigurðr] went between the benches. There was no lack of cheer at the cheerful drinking; retainer gladdened retainer, there as everywhere.

Mss: (649r-v), E(54r), J2ˣ(349v-350r), 42ˣ(42r) (Hkr); H(120v), Hr(79ra) (H-Hr); Mork(34r) (Mork); F(71vb)

Readings: [1] í: á E    [2] es: þars Mork, F    [3] sonr: son all    [5] Vasa (‘vara’): varat Hr    [6] gamans‑: gaman E, H, Hr, F    [7] gladdi: kvaddi H, Hr    [8] hvar: var E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Mork, F, ek var H, Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 495, Skj BI, 467, Skald I, 229; ÍF 28, 312 (Hsona ch. 6), E 1916, 188; Fms 7, 216 (Hsona ch. 7); Mork 1867, 214, Mork 1928-32, 425, Andersson and Gade 2000, 379, 492 (Sslemb); F 1871, 330 (Hsona ch. 8).

Context: According to Hkr, which provides a more detailed context than Mork and Fsk, Sigurðr and twenty of his men spent the winter of 1138-9 in Finnmark, Norway, where they stayed in a cave near Fiskefjorden (Gljúfrafjǫrðr) and received provisions from a nearby farmstead. Sigurðr commissioned two ships from the Saami, and the Saami entertained him and his men in their turf hut.

Notes: [All]: For Sigurðr’s dealings with the Saami, see also Anon (Hsona) 2. — [1] í gamma ‘in the hut’: A gammi was a hut made by the Saami from earth or turf. These huts were in general small, and the st.’s depiction of what seems to be a festive banquet in a royal residence must have been somewhat at odds with reality. — [8]: Echoes Þstf Stuttdr 3/6.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  5. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  6. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  7. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  8. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  9. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
  10. Internal references
  11. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  12. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clix-clxi.
  13. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Morkinskinna (Mork)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  14. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haraldssona saga 2’ 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. 836-7.
  15. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Stuttfeldardrápa 3’ 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. 475.
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