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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 17VIII (Frið 19)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 19 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 17)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 216.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Þurfum ei, drengir,         dauða at kvíða!
Veri þjóðglaðir,         þegnar mínir!
Þat mun verða,         ef vitu draumar,
at ek eiga mun         Ingibjörgu.

Drengir, þurfum ei at kvíða dauða! Veri þjóðglaðir, þegnar mínir! Þat mun verða, ef draumar vitu, at ek mun eiga Ingibjörgu.
‘Comrades, we do not need to be afraid of death! Be really happy, my retainers! It will come about, if dreams are indicative, that I will marry Ingibjǫrg.

notes and context

As for Frið 18. The two stanzas are presented in reverse order in recension B mss.

This stanza is in regular fornyrðislag. There is a good deal of minor variation in the ms. paradosis for this stanza, and it is shortened in 1006ˣ and 173ˣ, which omit ll. 1-2 and shorten l. 5.



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 18: AII, 273, BII, 295-6, Skald II, 156; Falk 1890, 77, Frið 1893, 18, 48, 73, Frið 1901, 27-8, Frið 1914, 17; Edd. Min. 99.


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