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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Busla Busl 6VIII (Bós 6)

Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2017, ‘Bósa saga 6 (Busla, Buslubæn 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 32.


text and translation

Ef þú ríðr,         raskiz taumar,
heltiz hestar,         en hrumiz klárar,
en götur allar         ok gagnstígar
troðiz allar         í tröllhendr fyrir þér,
nema þú Bósa         bjargir veitir
ok Herrauð         heipt upp gefir.

Ef þú ríðr, raskiz taumar, hestar heltiz, en hrumiz klárar, en allar götur ok allar gagnstígar troðiz fyrir þér í tröllhendr, nema þú veitir Bósa bjargir ok gefir Herrauð upp heipt.
‘If you ride, may the reins become tangled, the horses limp, the nags become decrepit, and on all roads and through-routes may you be driven into the hands of trolls, unless you grant Bósi freedom and forego your hatred against Herrauðr.

notes and context

This stanza has a number of metrical irregularities. Lines 1 and 11 are hypometrical, while l. 8 in the form of the majority of mss is unmetrical, though the version of 510 and 340ˣ is metrical. — By means of this stanza, the king’s opportunities to travel throughout the land on horseback are intended to be diminished or rendered impossible.



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. 14. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Bósasaga 6: AII, 331, BII, 352, Skald II, 190; Bós 1666, 19, FSN 3, 204-5, Bós 1893, 17, FSGJ 3, 293, Bós 1996, 14; Edd. Min. 124.


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