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Þstf Lv 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Lausavísur 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. 481.

Þórarinn stuttfeldrLausavísur

text and translation

Fullvíða hefr frœðum
Fjǫruskeifr of her veifat
lystr ok leiri kastat
lastsamr ara ins gamla.
Ok vannt eina krôku
orðvandr á Serklandi
— Skeifr, bart Hǫgna húfu
hræddr! — varliga brædda.

Fullvíða hefr Fjǫruskeifr veifat frœðum lystr of her ok lastsamr kastat {leiri ara ins gamla}. Ok orðvandr vannt varliga brædda eina krôku á Serklandi; Skeifr, bart {húfu Hǫgna} hræddr!
‘Far and wide Fjǫruskeifr (‘Shore-skewed’) has dispersed his poetry, gleeful, among people, and, eager to blame, he distributed the dung of the ancient eagle [BAD POETRY]. And, word-wary, you barely managed to feed one crow in the land of the Saracens; Skeifr (‘Skewed’), you wore Hǫgni’s <legendary king’s> cap [HELMET] fearfully!

notes and context

King Sigurðr declares that he never asked Þórarinn to compose a st. about Hákon (see Lv 2 above) and leaves it to Hákon to mete out a suitable punishment for the insult. Hákon stipulates that Þórarinn must compose a st. about Árni.



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 3: AI, 491-2, BI, 464, Skald I, 228, NN §967; Fms 7, 154 (Msona ch. 39); Mork 1867, 189, Mork 1928-32, 386-7, Andersson and Gade 2000, 348-9, 489 (Msona); F 1871, 299, E 1916, 150 (Msona).


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