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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 7 [Vol. 1, 100]

[1] heyrðir þú ‘have you heard?’: (a) The person addressed is presumed to be the valkyrie, and the direct address here supports the assumption that this and the next four stanzas are indeed part of this poem. The utterance could alternatively be a statement rather than a question (so, e.g., Sueti 1884, 33). In both Hkr and Fsk these five stanzas concerning the battle follow not long after other stanzas from the poem, with some intervening material. (b) It is easier to treat the Flat and Fsk readings as corruptions of the Hkr reading than to treat either as original: Flat has Heyrði ‘(One) heard’ (so Fsk 1902-3 and Skj B) and Fsk has Heyrðu ‘They (impersonal) have heard’, or possibly ‘Listen’ (so Kershaw 1922, 90; Lindquist 1929, 4).


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