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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Lausavísur (Anon)

II. 5. Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts (Mberf) - 7

not in Skj

2.2: Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts — Anon (Mberf)II

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts’ 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. 828-35.

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SkP info: II, 832-3

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5 — Anon (Mberf) 5II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Magnúss saga berfœtts 5’ 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. 832-3.

Anon (Mberf) 5 is transmitted in Mork (Mork), H, Hr (H-Hr) and in the Hkr mss which have been interpolated from Mork (F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ). The lv. is found in the so-called Giffarðs þáttr, the tale of the Norman knight Giffarðr in Mberf. That þáttr also contains Mberf Lv 2, as well as Eldj Lv 1-2. Mork is the main ms.

Spurði gramr, hvat gerði
Giffarðr, þars lið barðisk;
vér ruðum vôpn í dreyra;
vasat hann kominn þannig.
Framreiðar vas fnauði
fulltrauðr á rauðum;
villat * flokk várn fylla;
falsk riddari inn valski.


The lord asked what Giffarðr was doing where the troop fought; we reddened weapons in blood; he had not come there. The coward was extremely reluctant to advance on his chestnut steed; he does not wish to complete our company; the Norman knight was hiding.

context: The st. is recited in response to Mberf Lv 2, in which Magnús asks the whereabouts of the Norman knight Giffarðr, who was in his army at the battle of Fuxerna, Sweden.

texts: H-Hr 282, Mork 151

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: B. Vers om bestemte personer og begivenheder 2 (AI, 591; BI, 591-2); Skald I, 288; Mork 1867, 148, Mork 1928-32, 324, Andersson and Gade 2000, 303-4, 486 (Mberf); Fms 7, 57 (Mberf ch. 28); F 1871, 273, E 1916, 122 (Mberf).


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 23v, 34 - 23v, 34 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 91r, 13 - 91r, 13 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 62vb, 1 - 62vb, 1 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 59ra, 14 - 59ra, 17  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 34v, 27 - 34v, 29  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 312v, 6 - 312v, 13  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 12v, 30 - 13r, 30  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 543r, 13 - 543r, 20  image  
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