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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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FriðÞ Lv 6VIII (Frið 6)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 6 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 201.

Friðþjófr ÞorsteinssonLausavísur

text and translation

Helgi veldr, at hrannir
hrímfaxaðar vaxa;
er ei, sem bjarta brúði
í Baldrshaga kyssim.
Ólíkt mun mér unna
Ingibjörg eða þengill;
heldr vilda ek hennar
hæfi at minni gæfu.

Helgi veldr, at hrímfaxaðar hrannir vaxa; er ei, sem kyssim bjarta brúði í Baldrshaga. Ingibjörg eða þengill mun unna mér ólíkt; ek vilda heldr hæfi hennar at gæfu minni.
‘Helgi is causing the rime-maned waves to grow; it is not as though we [I] were kissing the radiant woman in Baldrshagi. Ingibjǫrg and the king will love me differently; I would rather her situation [was] to my advantage.

notes and context

As for Frið 5.

Like Frið 5, this stanza is not in the A redaction mss. This and the following stanza are in an irregular form of munnvǫrp ‘mouth-throwings’ metre. Friðþjófs rímur III, 16-17 are closely similar. Lines 3-4 are reminiscent of Anon Krm 13/7-8 (Ragn) Varat, sem bjarta brúði | í bing hjá sér leggja ‘It was not like placing a fair maiden in a bed beside one’ and 20/7-8 Varat, sem unga ekkju | í öndvegi kyssa ‘It was not like kissing a young woman in the high seat’ and may have been influenced by Krm or be simply drawing on the conventional Norse contrast between the tough man’s life in battle or, as here, at sea, and the delights of affairs with women; cf. Anon Sveinfl 1/1-4I. The close similarity of vocabulary may, however, suggest poetic influence rather than pure convention.  


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 6: AII, 270, BII, 293, Skald II, 154, NN §1472; Falk 1890, 72-3, Frið 1893, 12-13, Frið 1901, 18.


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