Fargrskinna, a Catalogue of the Kings of Norway: A by Alison Finlay

By Alison Finlay

This quantity comprises the 1st whole translation of a thirteenth-century vernacular heritage of Norway from the 9th to the 12th centuries. a right away resource for the "Heimskringla" of Snorri Sturluson, it's a relevant textual content within the previous Norse style of Kings' sagas. It comprises vast quotation of skaldic verses, a few of them preserved nowhere else. This translation preserves a number of the metrical positive factors of this advanced verse shape, that are defined within the remark besides facets of historic and cultural curiosity bobbing up from the textual content. The creation locations the textual content in the Kings' saga culture and examines the actual issues of its nameless writer. the amount should be of use to historians and people drawn to outdated Norse literary heritage.

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It is more accurate to deduce that the author’s strength lay in the critical rearrangement of earlier sources, and that, unlike Snorri, he had few resources when it came to constructing a narrative out of little but pre-existing poems. And it may be also that the sneaking fondness for skaldic poems remarked on by Indrebø gave him a preference for keeping them whole, if that is how he had received them. 38 The other major unevenness in the citation of verse in Fagrskinna is that in the latter part of the text, after the beginning of the narrative of the reign of King Magnús berfœttr, Fagrskinna ceases to incorporate verses into the prose narrative, and the presence of such verses in the exemplar from which Fagrskinna derives can only be established by information incorporated into the prose.

Har for vers. Ein kunde ved fyrste augnekastet vera freista til aa tru at forfattaren har vore so glad i kvædi at han har sett inn ein heil slump vers berre for moro skuld, teke med visor some ikkje trongst til aa prova den soga han fortalde . . Det er rett aa tala um forfattaren sin kjærleik til skaldediktingi; han har til og med drive litterært samanliknande studium. Cfr. den raamande domen um likskapen millom Eiriksmaal og Øyvinds Haakonarmaal. Men det vilde likevel vera eit mistak aa tru at han i større mun har teke upp kvæde av andre enn reint historiske grunnar— av æstetiske.

Vv. 130, 134, 135 The first verse of Sighvatr’s Nesjavísur, and two half-verses attributed to Sighvatr believed to belong to this poem v. 162 One verse by Sighvatr believed to belong to his Knútsdrápa vv. 210, 211 Two verses from ∏orleikr inn fagri’s flokkr on Sveinn Úlfsson vv. 221, 227 A half-verse by ∏jóäólfr (of which two lines only are also in Morkinskinna), and a full verse (of which one line is cited in Morkinskinna) believed to belong to his Sexstefja v. 264 A half-verse attributed to Halldórr skvaldri and believed to belong to his Haraldsdrápa In addition the author sometimes refers to poems by name without citing them, and at times his narrative draws upon skaldic verses not cited in the text although they are known elsewhere.

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