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Gestumblindi (Gestumbl)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Heiðreks gátur (Heiðr) - 37

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

Not published: do not cite (Gestumbl HeiðrVIII (Heiðr))

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37 

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, 424

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14 — Gestumbl Heiðr 14VIII (Heiðr 61)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 61 (Gestumblindi, Heiðreks gátur 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 424.

Hvat er þat undra,
er ek úti
fyrir Dellings durum?
Fætr hefir átta
en fjögur augu,
ok berr ofar kné en kvið.
Heiðrekr konungr,
hyggðu at gátu.

 

What is the wonder that I saw outside before Dellingr’s doors? It has eight feet and four eyes, and bears its knees higher than its belly. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

notes: Heiðrekr’s response is (Heiðr 1960, 35): Þat er kǫngurváfur ‘Those are spiders’. The H redaction includes more dialogue, hinting at Heiðrekr’s suspicions (Heiðr 1924, 68): er nú bæði, at þú hefir hǫttinn síðan, enda sér þú niðr undan fleira en flestir menn aðrir, er þú hugsar hvert skrípi jarðarinnar, en þat er kǫngurváfa ‘It is now both: that you have your hood low over your face, and yet that you see more than most other men from under it when you think of every weird creature on the earth; but that is the spider’. The hood was a favourite disguise of Óðinn’s. — [1]: See Note to Heiðr 55/1.

texts: Heiðr 61 (46/44)

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: D. 5. Heiðreks gátur 6 (AII, 222; BII, 241); Skald II, 125; Heiðr 1672, 146, FSN 1, 468, Heiðr 1873, 245, 335, Heiðr 1924, 61-2, 67, 133, FSGJ 2, 40, Heiðr 1960, 35; Edd. Min. 111.

sources

GKS 2845 4° (2845) 71r, 8 - 71r, 9 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 281 4°x (281x) 99v, 25 - 99v, 26 [1-6] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 597 b 4°x (597bx) 50r, 5 - 50r, 7 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 27v, 13 - 27v, 15 [1-6] (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
AM 203 folx (203x) 102v, 2 - 102v, 7 (Heiðr)  image  
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