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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Keth Lv 13VIII (Ket 20)

Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 20 (Ketill hœngr, Lausavísur 13)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 570.

Ketill hœngrLausavísur

text and translation

Læt ek hér fyrir vinnaz,         hvat er Forað mælir;
nauðir mik hvöttu;         nánum er at bjarga.
Hættik eigi         á hólm til sela,
ef í eyju         ærnir væri.

Ek læt vinnaz fyrir hér, hvat er Forað mælir; nauðir hvöttu mik; nánum er at bjarga. Hættik eigi á hólm til sela, ef ærnir væri í eyju.
‘I will provide a sufficiency for myself here, whatever Forað says; necessities incited me; near ones are to be saved. I would not risk it to the islet for seals if there were enough on the island.

notes and context

This stanza is a continuation of the theme of the preceding one. The metre is fornyrðislag.



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. 8. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ketill hœngs saga V 5: AII, 283, BII, 304, Skald II, 161, NN §2392; FSN 2, 128, FSGJ 2, 170, Anderson 1990, 53, 98, 439; Edd. Min. 81.


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