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TorfE Lv 5I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson, Lausavísur 5’ 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, p. 137.

Torf-Einarr RǫgnvaldssonLausavísur
45

text and translation

Eru til míns fjǫrs margir
menn of sannar deilðir
ór ýmissum ôttum
ósmábornir gjarnir.
En þó vitu þeygi
þeir, áðr mik hafi felldan,
hverr ilþorna arnar
undir hlýtr at standa.

Margir ósmábornir menn ór ýmissum ôttum eru gjarnir til fjǫrs míns of sannar deilðir. En þó vitu þeir þeygi, áðr hafi mik felldan, hverr hlýtr at standa undir {ilþorna} arnar.
 
‘Many high-born men of various families are eager for my life because of justified conflicts. And yet they do not know, before they have killed me, who gets to stand under the sole-thorns [CLAWS] of the eagle.

notes and context

In Orkn and Hkr, Torf-Einarr speaks this lausavísa as a defiant reply to warnings about possible reprisals on the part of other sons of Haraldr.

readings

sources

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: Torf-Einarr jarl, Lausavísur 4: AI, 32, BI, 28, Skald I, 17, NN §§2412, 2705, 3041; ÍF 26, 132-3 (HHárf ch. 30), F 1871, 55; Orkn 1913-16, 13, ÍF 34, 15-16 (ch. 8), Flat 1860-8, I, 224; von See 1960 , 35.

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