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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Snorri Sturluson (SnSt)

13th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. Háttatal (Ht) - 102

Skj info: Snorri Sturluson, Islandsk höfding og skjald, 1178-1241. (AII, 52-79, BII, 60-90).

Skj poems:
1. En drape om Skule jarl
2. Háttatal
3. Af et religiøst digt (?)
4. Lausavísur
4. Lausavísur

prose works

Háttatal — SnSt HtIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1094. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1376> (accessed 6 August 2021)

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Skj: Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal, 1222-23 (AII, 52-77, BII, 61-88)

SkP info: III, 1120

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

16 — SnSt Ht 16III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 16’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1120.

Setr of vísa vitran
vígdrótt, en þar hníga,
— ýr dregsk — við skotskúrum
skjaldborg, í gras aldir.
Vápnrjóðr stikar víða
(vellbrjótr á lǫg) spjótum
(þryngr at sverða sǫngvi
sóknharðr) þrǫmu jarðar.

 

The battle-retinue sets up a shield-wall around the wise leader against the showers of shots; the yew-bow is pulled, and there people sink down in the grass. {The weapon-reddener} [WARRIOR = Hákon] encloses the wide edges of the earth with spears; {the battle-strong gold-breaker} [GENEROUS MAN] advances on the ocean towards {the song of swords}. [BATTLE]

context: The stanza illustrates the syntactic variation drǫgur ‘drawings’, in which the first word (setr ‘sets’) echoes the last word in the preceding stanza (setri ‘seat’; st. 15/8 above). In TGT, l. 1 is used to exemplify anadiplosis, which is the same figure (see st. 15 above).

notes: The heading is drǫgur (U(47r) and added in R (R*)). This device is also known from Old French, Middle English, and Old Irish poetry, but it is very rare in Old Norse poetry (see Hl 1941, 129, SnE 2007, 53 and the literature cited there).

texts: Ht 18, TGT 70b [1-1], SnE 610

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 16 (AII, 56; BII, 65); Skald II, 37; SnE 1848-87, I, 620-3, II, 370, 380-1, III, 114-15, SnE 1879-81, I, 3, 76, II, 9, SnE 1931, 222, SnE 2007, 11; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 11; SnE 1848-87, II, 146-7, 418, TGT 1884, 24, 94, 206-7, TGT 1927, 68, 102-3.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 46v, 23 - 46v, 25 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 49r, 2 - 49r, 2 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W*) 141, 4 - 141, 7 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U*) 47r, 8 - 47r, 8 [1-1] (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 50v, 2 - 50v, 5 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 106, 31 - 106, 31 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 6r, 30 - 6r, 30 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 209, 7 - 209, 10  
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