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Nefari (Nefari)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Nefari, Nordmand(?), 12. årh. (AI, 537, BI, 518).

Skj poems:
Lausavísa

Nefari (Nefari) is otherwise unknown. He was in the company of Jón kuflungr ‘Monk’ and his party (the Kuflungar) during a sea-voyage in the late autumn of 1186, when the Kuflungar were on their way north from Oslo to attack Sverrir and the Birkibeinar in Trondheim (see also Blakkr Lv 1-2). Finnur Jónsson (LH 1894-1901, II, 29) suggests that Nefari may have been from Norway, which is possible, but cannot be confirmed.

Lausavísa — Nefari LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Nefari, Lausavísa’ 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. 645-6.

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Skj: Nefari: Lausavísa, 1186 (AI, 537, BI, 518); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 645-6

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1 — Nefari Lv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Nefari, Lausavísa 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. 645-6.

Týnum Birkibeinum!
Beri Sverrir hlut verra!
Lǫtum randhœing reyndan
ríða hart ok tíðum!
Hœlumk minnst í máli!
Metumk heldr at val felldan!
Lǫtum skipta guð giptu!
Gerum hríð, þás þeim svíði!

Týnum Birkibeinum! Beri Sverrir verra hlut! Lǫtum {reyndan randhœing} ríða hart ok tíðum! Hœlumk minnst í máli! Metumk heldr at felldan val! Lǫtum guð skipta giptu! Gerum hríð, þás svíði þeim!

Let’s destroy the Birkibeinar! May Sverrir suffer defeat! Let’s make {the tested shield-rim salmon} [SWORD] swing hard and frequently! Let’s boast the least in our speech! Rather, let’s measure ourselves when the slaughtered ones have fallen! Let’s allow God to decide the outcome! Let’s make a storm that will smart for them!

editions: Skj Nefari: Lausavísa (AI, 537; BI, 518); Skald I, 253; ÍF 30, 161 (ch. 105), Sv 1920, 112, Flat 1860-8, II, 627, E 1916, 354, Sv 1910-86, 138.

sources

AM 327 4° (327) 55r, 5 - 55r, 8 (Sv)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 155va - 155va (Sv)  image  image  image  
Holm perg 8 fol (8) 9v, 15 - 9v, 17 (Sv)  transcr.  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 102v, 5 - 102v, 7 (Sv)  image  
AM 81 a fol (81a) 31ra - 31ra (Sv)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 15r, 11 - 15r, 18  image  
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