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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Rloð Lv 8VIII (Ragn 24)

Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Ragnars saga loðbrókar 24 (Ragnarr loðbrók, Lausavísur 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 672.

Ragnarr loðbrókLausavísur

text and translation

Hvat er, þat er baugs ór björgum
brjótr heyri ek nú þjóta,
at myni Mundils máli
mars †svandr† ófni* hafna?
Þó skal ek þeira ráða,
þorn-Bil, ef goð vilja,
æ*gir* alnar leygjar
ókvíðandi bíða.

Hvat er, þat er ek, {brjótr baugs}, heyri nú þjóta ór björgum, at {máli Mundils} myni hafna †svandr† {ófni* mars}? Þó skal ek, {æ*gir* {leygjar alnar}}, ókvíðandi bíða þeira ráða, ef goð vilja, {þorn-Bil}.
‘What is that which I, the breaker of a ring [GENEROUS MAN], now hear howl from the cliffs, that the close companion of Mundill <sea-king> [SEAFARER] is likely to reject … a snake of the sea [SHIP]? Nevertheless, I, the terrifier of the fire of the forearm [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], shall without fear bring those plans to fruition if the gods wish it, clasp-Bil <goddess> [WOMAN = Áslaug-Randalín].

notes and context

Hearing that there is much talk of his planned invasion of England, Ragnarr, speaking to Áslaug-Randalín, here answers defiantly the criticism, as he perceives it, that he is refusing to take the appropriate type of ship with him.

This stanza is full of textual difficulties and has been the locus of much discussion and emendation. It has proved impossible to avoid considerable emendation in the present edn.



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. 2. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ragnarssaga loðbrókar VI 2: AII, 238, BII, 257, Skald II, 134, NN §§2370, 3197F; FSN 1, 279 (Ragn ch. 14), Ragn 1891, 208 (ch. 14), Ragn 1906-8, 155-6, cf. 186, 211-12 (ch. 15), Ragn 1944, 94-5 (ch. 15), FSGJ 1, 266 (Ragn ch. 15), Ragn 1985, 137 (ch. 15), Ragn 2003, 50 (ch. 15); CPB II, 350.


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