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Lausavísur — Þjsk LvI

Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson, Lausavísur’ 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. 375.

 

The two lausavísur edited here (Þjsk Lv 5-6), one about the destruction of Þorleifr’s ship and the other about a supernatural opponent, are apparently unconnected, and are attached to very different narratives within ÞorlJ (see Contexts). According to the chronology of ÞorlJ in Flat, they date from the early 990s, but the authenticity of some of their diction is doubtful (see Notes to Lv 5/6 and 6/8 below) and they were probably composed some centuries after Þorleifr’s death, perhaps by the author of ÞorlJ. The mss used here are Flat as main ms., 4867ˣ and 563aˣ; see the entry for ÞorlJ in ‘Sources’ in Introduction to this volume. The remainder of Þorleifr’s lausavísur are edited by Russell Poole in SkP V (Þjsk Lv 1a, 2-4V (Svarfd 5, 6, 12, 13)) and SkP IV (Lv 1bIV, a variant to 1a).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. SkP IV = Poetry on Icelandic History. Ed. Guðrún Nordal. Forthcoming.
  3. SkP V = Poetry in Sagas of Icelanders. Ed. Tarrin Wills, Kari Ellen Gade and Margaret Clunies Ross. Forthcoming.
  4. Internal references
  5. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Flateyjarbók (Flat)’ 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. clxi-clxii.
  6. Not published: do not cite (ÞorlJI)
  7. Not published: do not cite (Þjsk Lv 1aV (Svarfd 5))
  8. Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson, Lausavísur 5’ 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. 375.
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