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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þstf Lv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Lausavísur 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, p. 480.

Þórarinn stuttfeldrLausavísur

text and translation

Þú vændir mér, Þrœnda
þengill, ef stef fengak
frænda Serks at fundi,
folkrakkr, gefa nakkvat.
Lézt, at Hôkon héti,
hildingr inn fémildi,
(nú samir mér at minnask)
mǫrstrútr (á þat gǫrva).

{Folkrakkr þengill Þrœnda}, þú vændir gefa mér nakkvat, ef fengak stef at fundi {frænda Serks}. Inn fémildi hildingr, lézt, at Hôkon héti mǫrstrútr; nú samir mér at minnask gǫrva á þat.
‘Battle-brave lord of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr], you promised to give me something if I could produce a stanza at the meeting with Serkr’s kinsman [= Hákon]. Generous monarch, you said that Hákon was called mǫrstrútr (‘Lump of Lard’); now it’s only fitting for me to recall that perfectly.

notes and context

King Sigurðr’s retainer, Árni fjǫruskeifr ‘Shore-skewed’, tricks Þórarinn into believing that the king wishes him to compose a st. about another retainer, Hákon mǫrstrútr ‘Lump of Lard’ Serksson, and to mention Hákon’s name in the st.



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: Þórarinn stuttfeldr, 2. Lausavísur 2: AI, 491, BI, 463-4, Skald I, 228; Mork 1867, 188, Mork 1928-32, 386, Andersson and Gade 2000, 348, 489 (Msona); Fms 7, 153 (Msona ch. 39); F 1871, 299, E 1916, 150 (Msona).


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