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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ásmk Lv 2VIII (Ásm 8)

Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Ásmundar saga kappabana 8 (Ásmundr kappabana, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 22.

Ásmundr kappabanaLausavísur

text and translation

Börðumz einn við einn         en endr við tvá,
fimm ok fjóra         fletmegninga,
sex ok við sjau         senn á velli,
einn ok við átta,         þó ek enn lifi.

Börðumz einn við einn en endr við tvá, fimm ok fjóra fletmegninga, sex ok við sjau senn á velli ok einn við átta, þó ek lifi enn.
‘We [I] fought one against one and again against two, five and four hall-fighters, six and against seven at a time on the field, and one against eight, yet I am still alive.

notes and context

As for the previous stanza.

Cf. Egill Lv 42/1-2V (Eg 122). The corresponding lines in Saxo’s poem are surprisingly close to those in this stanza and the beginning of st. 9 (Saxo 2015, I, vii. 9. 18, ll. 5-10, pp. 510-11: Vnum quando duosque, | Tres ac quatuor, et mox | Quinos indeque senos, | Post septem, simul octo, | Vndenos quoque solus | Victor Marte subegi ‘when I subdued in battle | one alone, then two, | three and four, and soon | five followed by six, | seven, eight together, | then eleven single-handed’.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 12. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ásmundar saga kappabana II 2: AII, 321, BII, 341, Skald II, 183, NN §797; Peringskiöld 1722, 23 (ch. 10), FSN 2, 486 (ch. 10), Detter 1891, 98, FSGJ 1, 407 (ch. 10) (Ásm); CPB I, 191, Halvorsen 1951, 19; Edd. Min. 87.


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