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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gestumblindi (Gestumbl)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Heiðreks gátur (Heiðr) - 37

not in Skj

Heiðreks gátur (‘Riddles of Heiðrekr’) — Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr)

Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur, Gestumblindes gåder (AII, 221-8, BII, 240-7); stanzas (if different): 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38

SkP info: VIII, 419

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

9 — Gestumbl Heiðr 9VIII (Heiðr 56)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 56 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 9)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 419.

Hvat er þat undra,
er ek úti
fyrir Dellings durum?
Ókyrrir tveir
andalausir
sára lauk suðu.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

What is the wonder that I saw outside before Dellingr’s doors? Two unquiet things, without breath, cooked {a leek of wounds}. [SWORD] Kings Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: Heiðrekr’s response is (Heiðr 1960, 34): þat eru smiðbelgir; þeir hafa engan vind, nema þeim sé blásit, ok eru þeir dauðir sem annat smíði, en fyrir þeim má líkt smíða sverð sem annat ‘those are smith’s bellows; they have no wind, unless they are inflated, and they are dead like other smith-craft [i.e. man-made objects], but because of them one can just as well forge a sword as any other thing’. — In the R redaction this stanza follows Gestumbl Heiðr 4 (Heiðr 51). Although this arrangement does not achieve the grouping of riddles with the same opening formula found in the H redaction and preferred in the present edn, it is a logical placing since both solutions refer to objects used in smith-craft. — [1-3]: See Note to Heiðr 55/1-3. This is the first occurrence of this repeated opening formula in 2845. — [1]: See Note to Heiðr 55/1.

texts: Heiðr 56 (45/39)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 5 (AII, 222; BII, 241); Skald II, 125; Heiðr 1672, 148, FSN 1, 468, Heiðr 1873, 242, 335, Heiðr 1924, 60-1, 64, 136, FSGJ 2, 39, Heiðr 1960, 34; Edd. Min. 109.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 71r, 5 - 71r, 6 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 99v, 6 - 99v, 7 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 49v, 17 - 49v, 18 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 28v, 22 - 28v, 24 [1-6] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 102r, 17 - 102r, 22 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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