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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 4VIII (Frið 4)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 4 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 198.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Þat var forðum         á Framnesi;
rera ek opt á tal         við Ingibjörgu.
Nú skal ek sigla         í svölu veðri,
láta létt und mér         lögdýr bruna.

Þat var forðum á Framnesi; ek rera opt á tal við Ingibjörgu. Nú skal ek sigla í svölu veðri, láta {lögdýr} bruna létt und mér.
‘It was long ago at Framnes; I often rowed to have conversation with Ingibjǫrg. Now I must sail in the cold storm, make the sea-animal [SHIP] speed easily beneath me.

notes and context

Shortly after a lull in the storm, the wind begins to freshen and Friðþjófr speaks this stanza.

This is the first stanza in the A redaction of Frið and the fourth in the B redaction, the first to appear in both redactions. Larsson (Frið 1901, xiv) detected a similarity with Friðþjófs rímur III, 12-13, but it is not very close. The stanza contrasts Friðþjófr’s previously happy life courting Ingibjörg and his present privations at sea. The metre is fornyrðislag, although l. 4 is in málaháttr. Clear differences between the two redactions are apparent in ll. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 (cf. Wenz’s discussion in Frið 1914, lxxiii).



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 4: AII, 269-70, BII, 292, Skald II, 154; Falk 1890, 72, Frið 1893, 12, 43, 70, Frið 1901, 16-17, Frið 1914, 11-12; Edd. Min. 98.


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