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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 23VIII (Frið 29)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 29 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 23)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 227.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Stundum nú til strandar,
— stórt ráðum vér síðan —
þvíat blár logi baukar
í Baldrshaga miðjum.

Stundum nú til strandar, þvíat blár logi baukar í miðjum Baldrshaga; vér ráðum stórt síðan.
‘Let us make now for the beach, because dark flame is rooting around in the middle of Baldrshagi; we will hatch great plans afterwards.

notes and context

The B redaction prose text reports (Frið 1901, 37): Þat segja menn, at Friðþjófr hafi undit eldskiðu í næfrarnar, svá at salrinn logaði allr, ok kvað vísu ‘People say that Friðþjófr flung a log of firewood into the birch-bark shingles so that the whole hall was ablaze, and recited a stanza’. Frið 29 is that stanza.

This helmingr is only in the B redaction mss; Friðþjófr’s act of setting the hall on fire is not mentioned in the A text. The metre is an irregular variant of dróttkvætt.



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 28: AII, 276, BII, 298, Skald II, 157; Falk 1890, 81-2, Frið 1893, 25, Frið 1901, 37.


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