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Steinn Nizv 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Nizarvísur 3’ 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, p. 362.

Steinn HerdísarsonNizarvísur
234

Vann fyr móðu mynni
meinfœrt Haraldr Sveini;
varð, þvít vísi gerðit,
viðrnám, friðar biðja.
Herðu hjǫrvi gyrðir
Halland jǫfurs spjallar
(heit blés und) fyr útan
atróðr á sæ (blóði).

Haraldr vann Sveini meinfœrt fyr mynni móðu; viðrnám varð, þvít vísi gerðit biðja friðar. Spjallar jǫfurs, gyrðir hjǫrvi, herðu atróðr á sæ fyr útan Halland; heit und blés blóði.

Haraldr made access difficult for Sveinn before the river’s mouth; there was resistance, because the ruler [= Sveinn] did not beg for peace. The prince’s confidants, girded with a sword, intensified the rowing on the sea off Halland; the hot wound spurted blood.

Mss: (560v-561r), 39(27ra), F(48vb), E(21r), J2ˣ(283r) (Hkr); H(56r), Hr(41ra) (H-Hr)

Readings: [1] mynni: so F, E, minni Kˣ, 39, J2ˣ, H, Hr    [2] mein‑: meint E    [3] þvít (‘þvi at’): þat er H, þar er Hr;    vísi: vísir H, Hr;    gerðit: gerði 39, F, gerðut H, Hr    [5] Herðu: herr dó E, herr dró H, Hr;    gyrðir: gyrði H    [6] Halland: so 39, E, H, hallands Kˣ, F, J2ˣ, hallandi Hr;    jǫfurs: jǫfurr H, Hr    [7] heit: so 39, F, E, J2ˣ, H, hætt Kˣ, heitt Hr    [8] sæ: lǫg 39, E, H, legg Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 408, Skj BI, 377, Skald I, 187-8; ÍF 28, 148-9 (HSig ch. 63), F 1871, 228, E 1916, 74; Fms 6, 315 (HSig ch. 78).

Context: Haraldr sounded his trumpets and called on his men to intensify the rowing.

Notes: [2] meinfœrt ‘access difficult’: See also ÞjóðA Magnfl 18/4. — [6] spjallar jǫfurs ‘the prince’s confidants’: I.e. Haraldr’s men. — [6] fyr útan Halland ‘off Halland’: Echoes Steinn Óldr 9/5-6. Halland is a district on the south-western coast of present-day Sweden (then a part of Denmark). The river Nissan is located in Halland. — [8] á sæ ‘on the sea’: Á lǫg ‘on the sea’ (so 39, E, H) is possible. This prepositional phrase could also go with the second cl.: heit und blés blóði á sæ ‘the hot wound spurted blood onto the sea’ (so Skj B; ÍF 28). For a corresponding expression to herða atróðr á sæ ‘intensify the rowing on the sea’ (ll. 1, 8), see Ív Sig 36/7-8 (knúði atróðr á sæ ‘hastened the rowing on the sea’), as well as Steinn Úlffl 1/3 below.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  8. Internal references
  9. Not published: do not cite (HSigII)
  10. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 36’ 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. 522-3.
  11. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Óláfsdrápa 9’ 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. 375-6.
  12. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Úlfsflokkr 1’ 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. 366-7.
  13. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 18’ 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. 85-6.
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