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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Vǫlsa) 9I

Wilhelm Heizmann (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr 9’ 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. 1100.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Vǫlsa þáttr

text and translation

Víst eigi mætta ek         við um bindast
í mik at keyra,         ef vit ein lægum
í andkætu.
Þiggi Maurnir         þetta blæti!
En þú, Grímr, gestr várr,         gríp þú við Vǫlsa!

Víst mætta ek eigi um bindast við at keyra í mik, ef vit lægum ein í andkætu. Þiggi Maurnir þetta blæti! En þú, Grímr, gestr várr, gríp þú við Vǫlsa!
‘Certainly I would not be able to resist driving [it] into myself, if we two were lying alone in mutual pleasure. May Maurnir receive this offering! But you, Grímr, our guest, you grab Vǫlsi!

notes and context

The maid accepts Vǫlsi enthusiastically, enfolding and stroking it, and speaking a stanza in which she takes up the obscene challenge of st. 2/5-8 and st. 8/9-10. The guest to whom she passes Vǫlsi next is identified in the following prose text as Finnr Árnason.

The stanza appears to have a superfluous half-line, which, judging from the alliterative scheme, is either the present l. 3 (which Heusler and Ranisch omit in Edd. Min.) or l. 5 (which they print in a footnote); cf. Note to st. 8/3-4. 



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 9: AII, 220, BII, 238-9, Skald II, 124Flat 1860-8, II, 334 (Vǫlsa); Guðbrandur Vigfússon 1860, 136, CPB II, 382, Edd. Min. 125, Schröder 1933, 82.


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