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Anon Eirm 6I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Eiríksmál 6’ 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. 1011.

Anonymous PoemsEiríksmál
567

‘Hví es þér Eireks vôn *         heldr an annarra konunga?’
‘Því at mǫrgu landi *         hann hefr mæki roðit
        ok blóðugt sverð borit.’

‘Hví es þér vôn * Eireks heldr an annarra konunga?’ ‘Því at hann hefr roðit mæki mǫrgu landi * ok borit blóðugt sverð.’

‘Why do you expect Eiríkr rather than other kings?’ ‘Because he has reddened his blade in many a land and borne a bloody sword.’

Mss: 761bˣ(105v-106r), FskAˣ(37-38), 52ˣ(15r), 301ˣ(13r) (Fsk)

Readings: [1] vôn *: vôn kvað Sigmundr all    [3] landi *: landi sagði Óðinn all

Editions: Skj AI, 175, Skj BI, 165, Skald I, 89; Fsk 1902-3, 29 (ch. 7), ÍF 29, 78 (ch. 8); Möbius 1860, 232, Gordon 1957, 149, Jón Helgason 1968, 23.

Context: As for st. 1 (Fsk).

Notes: [All]: The speaker in ll. 1-2 is Sigmundr, and in ll. 3-5 it is Óðinn. The phrases identifying them as such in the mss, however, are extrametrical and are omitted here; see Introduction to the poem. — [2] konunga ‘kings’: Fsk 1902-3, Skj and Skald omit this, presumably for metrical reasons. — [3]: Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 7, and similarly Skald and Lindquist 1929, 10), analysing the metre of the stanza as ljóðaháttr, assumes that a line is missing between ll. 2 and 3, and he supplies til Valhallar vituð, lit. ‘to Valhǫll known’ (cf. vôn vituð, lit. ‘expectation known’, st. 5/6). In actuality, the pattern here seems to be the málaháttr couplet followed by three lines of ljóðaháttr, as in st. 7; cf. also Þhorn Harkv 18, 20, 22.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Fsk 1902-3 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1902-3. Fagrskinna: Nóregs kononga tal. SUGNL 30. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  5. Möbius, Theodor. 1860. Edda Sæmundar hins fróða. Mit einem Anhang bisher ungedruckter Gedichte. Leipzig: Hinrichs.
  6. Gordon, E. V. 1957. An Introduction to Old Norse. 2nd edn rev. A. R. Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  7. Lindquist, Ivar. 1929. Norröna lovkväden från 800 och 900 talen. I: Förslag till restituerad täxt jämte översättning. Lund: Gleerup.
  8. Jón Helgason, ed. 1968. Skjaldevers. 3rd edn. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.
  9. Sahlgren, Jöran. 1927-8. Eddica et Scaldica. Fornvästnordiska studier I-II. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  10. Internal references
  11. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ 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, pp. clix-clxi.
  12. R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 18’ 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. 112.
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