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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 11VIII (Frið 13)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 13 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 211.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Brustu báðir hálsar
í báru hafs stórri;
sukku sveinar fjórir
í sæ ógrunnan.

Báðir hálsar brustu í stórri báru hafs; fjórir sveinar sukku í ógrunnan sæ.
‘Both sides of the bow broke apart in the enormous wave of the ocean; four men sank into the deep sea.

notes and context

Friðþjófr speaks yet another stanza after an enormous wave has broken the bows of the ship and four men were washed overboard.

This dróttkvætt helmingr is extant only in the B redaction mss. It covers much the same ground as the first four lines of Frið 14, which is extant only in the A redaction mss. Thus it appears to be an alternative composition and suggests that the B redaction ms. tradition may have lost the equivalent of Frið 14.


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. 7. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Friðþjófssaga ens frækna I 13: AII, 272, BII, 294, Skald II, 155; Falk 1890, 75, Frið 1893, 16, Frið 1901, 24.


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