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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þham Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorkell hamarskáld, 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. 414-15.

Þorkell hamarskáldLausavísa1

text and translation

Orð frák Agli verða,
unnar dags, á munni,
Sól, við siklings þræla
satt einarðar latta.
Hvern þeira kvað hæra
(hjaldrbliks) an sik miklu
(beið ofmikit eyðir
angr) makligra at hanga.

{Sól {dags unnar}}, frák satt orð verða Agli á munni við þræla siklings, latta einarðar. Kvað hvern þeira miklu makligra at hanga hæra an sik; {eyðir {hjaldrbliks}} beið ofmikit angr.
‘Sól <goddess> of the wave’s daylight [GOLD > WOMAN], I heard that a true word was spoken by Egill to the ruler’s slaves, reluctant to be faithful. He said that each of them indeed deserved to hang higher than himself; the destroyer of the battle-shimmer [SWORD > WARRIOR] suffered too great a grief.

notes and context

During the uprising in 1094, Magnús captures the leaders of the conspiracy, Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson and Egill Áskelsson (or Ásláksson), and hangs them both.

For this event, see Þham Magndr 1 above and SteigÞ Kv, Bkrepp Magndr 2-3. Gísl Magnkv 1-8, Anon (Mberf) 2-3. For hanging as humiliation, see Gade 1985.



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: Þórkell hamarskáld, 2. Lausavísur 2: AI, 439, BI, 409, Skald I, 201-2; Mork 1867, 135, Mork 1928-32, 305, Andersson and Gade 2000, 290, 484 (Mberf); Fms 7, 13 (Mberf ch. 7); ÍF 28, 217 (Mberf ch. 6), F 1871, 265, E 1916, 113; ÍF 29, 306 (ch. 80).


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