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Lausavísa from Haralds saga hárfagra in Heimskringla — Anon (Hhárf)I

Anonymous Lausavísur

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa from Haralds saga hárfagra in Heimskringla’ 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. 1070.

 

This couplet (Anon (Hhárf)) about an event in Orkney c. 900 is preserved in Orkn as well as in Hhárf in Hkr, in the mss listed below; 332ˣ is the main ms. The lines are anonymous in all mss. The metre is an irregular variant of dróttkvætt. The odd line lacks internal rhyme and the even line has skothending rather than aðalhending (-orf- : -urf-). In Ht, this variant verse form is called munnvǫrp ‘mouth-throwings’, i.e. improvisations (see SnSt Ht 66III, SnE 2007, 28).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. SnE 2007 = Snorri Sturluson. 2007. Edda: Háttatal. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2nd edn. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  3. Internal references
  4. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  5. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Orkneyinga saga (Orkn)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  6. Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘Háttatal’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  7. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 66’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1178.
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