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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 15VIII (Frið 17)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 17 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 15)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 214.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Heill Elliði!         Hlauptu á báru,
brjóttu í trollkonum         tennr ok enni,
kinnr ok kjálka         í konu vándri,
fót eða báða         í flagði þessu.

Heill Elliði! Hlauptu á báru, brjóttu tennr ok enni í trollkonum, kinnr ok kjálka í vándri konu, fót eða báða í þessu flagði.
‘Hail Elliði! Run on the wave, break teeth and foreheads of the troll-women, cheeks and jaw-bone of the wretched woman, one leg or both of this ogress.

notes and context

Friðþjófr grabs hold of a pole (forkr) and runs forward to the ship’s prow, reciting this stanza (only in the B redaction).

This stanza is a mixture of fornyrðislag (ll. 1, 3-7) and málaháttr (ll. 2, 8) and is extant only in the B redaction mss. It elaborates on the subject matter of Frið 16 and is part of an expanded treatment of the incident of Elliði’s animated assault upon the two troll-women in the B redaction mss, which also includes the statement that, svá er sagt ‘so it is said’, the ship had the marvellous capacity of being able to understand human speech. This attribute is not mentioned in the A mss (see Note to Frið 2/8).



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 16: AII, 273, BII, 295, Skald II, 155; Falk 1890, 77, Frið 1893, 17, Frið 1901, 27; Edd. Min. 99.


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