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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Vǫlsa) 4I

Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 4’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1095.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr

text and translation

Aukinn ertu, Vǫlsi,         ok upp um tekinn
líni gæddr         en laukum studdr.
Þiggi Maurnir         þetta blæti!
En þú, bóndi sjálfr,         ber þú at þér Vǫlsa!

Aukinn ertu, Vǫlsi, ok upp um tekinn, gæddr líni en studdr laukum. Þiggi Maurnir þetta blæti! En þú, bóndi sjálfr, ber þú at þér Vǫlsa!
‘You are enlarged, Vǫlsi, and lifted up, provided with linen and supported by leeks. May Maurnir receive this offering! But you, the farmer himself, you take Vǫlsi to yourself!

notes and context

A meal is served, then the housewife enters the room without greeting the guests and carries Vǫlsi to the farmer’s high-seat. She takes the linen cloth off Vǫlsi, puts it on the farmer’s knee, and recites the first stanza of the main sequence.



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], D. 4. Vers af Vǫlsaþáttr 4: AII, 219, BII, 237, Skald II, 123Flat 1860-8, II, 333 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 135-6, CPB II, 382, Edd. Min. 124, Schröder 1933, 81.


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