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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gusi Lv 4VIII (Ket 8)

Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2017, ‘Ketils saga hœngs 8 (Gusi finnakonungr, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 559.

Gusi finnakonungrLausavísur

text and translation

Búztu nú við         bitri eggþrumu;
hafþu hlíf fyr þér;         hart mun ek skjóta.
Þér mun ek brálla         at bana verða,
nema þú af auði         öllum látir.

Búztu nú við {bitri eggþrumu}; hafþu hlíf fyr þér; ek mun skjóta hart. Ek mun verða þér brálla at bana, nema þú látir af öllum auði.
‘Prepare yourself now for the bitter blade-thunder [BATTLE]; have a shield before you; I will shoot hard. I will quickly be the death of you, unless you give up your entire wealth.

notes and context

This stanza is introduced by the words: Gusir kvað ‘Gusir spoke’ immediately after Ket 7.

[1-2]: Kock (Skald; NN §2391) adopts the reading of 471 for these two lines.



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 II 4: AII, 280, BII, 302, Skald II, 160, NN §2391FSN 2, 120, FSGJ 2, 162, Anderson 1990, 48, 91, 434; Edd. Min. 7.


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