Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar 2 (Ásbjǫrn, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 605.
Two lausavísur are attributed to Ásbjǫrn prúði in OStór, the first in ch. 6, and the second in ch. 7. The first is in an irregular dróttkvætt metre and the second in fornyrðislag.
Sagði mér á seiði,
söng um þat löngum,
at ek á feigum fæti
færik norðr á Mæri.
Vætki vissi völva;
vera mun ek enn með mönnum
glaðr í Gautaveldi;
gramir eigi spá hennar.
Sagði mér á seiði, söng um þat löngum, at ek færik norðr á Mæri á feigum fæti. Völva vissi vætki; ek mun enn vera glaðr með mönnum í Gautaveldi; gramir eigi spá hennar.
She told me through magic rites, sang of it at length, that I would travel north to Møre on feet fated to die. The seeress knew nothing; I will still be glad among men in the realm of the Gautar; may trolls take her prophecy.
Mss: Flat(70rb), 2845(22v), 554h βˣ(62r) (OStór)
Readings:  söng: ok söng 2845, söng ek 554h βˣ  færik (‘færig’): færa ek 2845, ‘fære’ 554h βˣ  Vætki: ‘uækki’ 2845, mælti 554h βˣ; vissi völva: ‘visa vǫlvan’ 554h βˣ  Gautaveldi: Gautlandi 554h βˣ  gramir eigi: grenna ei 554h βˣ; spá: spár 2845
Editions: Skj AII, 342, Skj BII, 364-5, Skald II, 197, NN §2620; ÓT 1689, 11, Fms 3, 215, Flat 1860-8, I, 526, Þorleifur Jónsson 1904, 209-10, Guðni Jónsson 1935, 180 (ch. 6); Guðni Jónsson 1946-9, 11, 457-8 (ch. 6), Faulkes 2011b, 66 (ch. 6) (OStór).
Context: After harrying together for two years, Ormr and Ásbjǫrn spend the winter with Jarl Herrǫðr in Gautland, Southern Sweden. While drinking one day Ásbjǫrn refers to the sibyl’s prophecy with this stanza.
Notes:  á seiði ‘through magic rites’: Seiðr was a form of sorcery said to have been employed by women and a few men (as well as the god Óðinn) to bring about some change, usually for the worse, in a human being, or to predict whether the forthcoming season or harvest would be good or bad. Descriptions of the rituals accompanying seiðr indicate that the practitioners usually sat on a platform of some kind, and that chants were sung either by the seeress or her female assistants. The locus classicus in Old Norse literature is Eir ch. 4 (ÍF 4, 206-9). See further Strömbäck (1935) and Meulengracht Sørensen (1983, 19). —  söng um þat löngum ‘sang of it at length’: The version of Flat, which is adopted here, is in málaháttr. The lines of this stanza are metrically irregular, though most have six metrical positions. Skj B adopts ok söng from 2845 to give a six-syllable line, but this is unmetrical. As Faulkes (2011b, 93 n.) points out, 5-syllable lines are found elsewhere in the stanzas of OStór, viz. in st. 11/2 and 11/4. Kock (NN §2620) discusses other ways of regularising the line, and in Skald chooses to emend to the metrically acceptable sǫng um þat fyr lǫngu ‘sang of it a long time ago’. —  á feigum fæti ‘on feet fated to die’: Lit. ‘on a doomed foot’. —  í Gautaveldi ‘in the realm of the Gautar’: Probably here intended to refer to the inhabitants of Gautland, the region of Southern Sweden now encompassing the provinces of Västergötland and Östergötland. —  gramir ‘trolls’: Lit. ‘furious, angry ones’, a substantival adj. often used in the pl. to refer to trolls or other fiends.
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