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ESk Run 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Runhenda 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 553-4.

Einarr SkúlasonRunhenda
345

Funi kyndisk fljótt,
en flýði skjótt
Hísingar herr,
sás hafði verr.

Funi kyndisk fljótt, en herr Hísingar, sás hafði verr, flýði skjótt.

Fire was kindled quickly, and the people of Hisingen, who had the worst of it, fled fast.

Mss: R(38v), Tˣ(40v), U(40v) (l. 1), A(13v), B(6r), C(8r) (SnE)

Readings: [1] Funi: om. Tˣ;    fljótt: so all others, ‘[...]ott’ something erased before ‘o’ R, skjótt C    [2] skjótt: drótt C

Editions: Skj AI, 473, Skj BI, 446, Skald I, 219; SnE 1848-87, I, 508-9, II, 355, 454, 537, 603, SnE 1931, 178, SnE 1998, I, 98.

Context: Funi is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘fire’.

Notes: [All]: The events described in this st. appear to have taken place at the same time as those documented in sts 2-3 above, because, even though the st. is not cited, both Hkr (ÍF 28, 326) and Mork (1928-32, 442) mention that Eysteinn punished the Hísingar on that occasion. — [1] fljótt ‘quickly’: The R variant ótt ‘furiously’ (adv. to óðr ‘furious’) is possible, but less likely in view of the erasure and the reading of the other mss. — [3] herr Hísingar ‘the people of Hisingen’: Hisingen is an island in the Götaälv in present-day Sweden, then on the border between Norway and Sweden. — [4] sás hafði verr ‘who had the worst of it’: Lit. ‘who had it worse’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. SnE 1848-87 = Snorri Sturluson. 1848-87. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar: Edda Snorronis Sturlaei. Ed. Jón Sigurðsson et al. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Legatum Arnamagnaeanum. Rpt. Osnabrück: Zeller, 1966.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. SnE 1931 = Snorri Sturluson. 1931. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar. Ed. Finnur Jónsson. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  6. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Morkinskinna (Mork)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  10. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
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