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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bǫðmóðr Lv 3VIII (Ket 32)

Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 32 (Bǫðmóðr Framarsson, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 584.

Bǫðmóðr FramarssonLausavísur

text and translation

Reyndr ertu, fóstri,         at ganga hervígis til
        ok berjaz við Framar til fjár.
Á léttum aldri         gaf honum Óðinn sigr;
        mjök kveð ek hann vígum vanan.

Ertu reyndr, fóstri, at ganga til hervígis ok berjaz við Framar til fjár. Óðinn gaf honum sigr á léttum aldri; ek kveð hann mjök vanan vígum.
‘You are experienced, foster-father, in going to army-slaughter and in fighting with Framarr for wealth. Óðinn gave him victory in his youth; I say that he is very accustomed to killings.

notes and context

When Ketill gets up to descend from the mound he slips, and Bǫðmóðr evidently interprets this as a bad omen. He warns Ketill that, when Framarr was a young man, Óðinn promised him victory. This stanza is introduced by the words: Þá kvað Böðmóðr vísu ‘Then Bǫðmóðr spoke a stanza’.



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 VI 5: AII, 285, BII, 306, Skald II, 162, NN §794, FF §43; FSN 2, 135, FSGJ 2, 176-7, Anderson 1990, 57, 105; Edd. Min. 83.


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