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Snorri Sturluson (SnSt)

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

III. Háttatal (Ht) - 102

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Háttatal — SnSt HtIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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

SkP info: III, 1125

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20 — SnSt Ht 20III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 20’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1125.

Hélir hlýr at stáli;
hafit fellr, en svífr þelli
— ferð dvǫl firrisk — harða
framm mót lagar glammi.
Vindr réttr váðir bendir;
vefr rekr á haf snekkjur;
— veðr þyrr — vísa iðjur
— varar fýsir skip — lýsa.

 

The prow becomes rime-covered at the stem; the ocean falls, and the fir-ship glides powerfully forwards against the roar of the sea; the crew is deprived of rest. The straight wind curves the sails; the sail-cloth drives the warships out to sea; the storm rushes along; the ship longs for the landing place; his actions glorify the leader.

context: Stanzas 20-2 are examples of in minni refhvǫrf ‘the lesser fox-turns’. In st. 20 the antitheses that characterise this type are found in the juxtaposition of the first two words in each line.

notes: The heading is xiij. háttr ‘the thirteenth verse-form’ (). — The words that constitute the antitheses are the following: hélir ‘becomes rime-covered’ : hlýr ‘heats’ (taken as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of hlýja ‘heat’ rather than as the noun hlýr ‘prow’) (l. 1); hafit ‘lifted’ (taken as p. p. of hefja ‘lift’ rather than as the noun haf ‘ocean’ with a cliticised def. art.) : fellr ‘falls’ (l. 2); ferð ‘travel’ (rather than ferð ‘crew’) : dvǫl ‘rest’ (l. 3); framm ‘forwards’ : mót ‘against’ (l. 4); réttr ‘straight’ : bendir ‘curved’ (adjectival, m. nom. pl., p. p. of benda ‘curve, bend’ rather than 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of the same verb) (l. 5); vefr ‘wraps’ (taken as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of vefja ‘wrap’ rather than as the noun vefr ‘sail-cloth’) : rekr ‘unwraps’ (taken as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of rekja ‘unwrap’ rather than as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of the verb reka ‘drive’) (l. 6); veðr ‘wades’ (taken as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of vaða ‘wade’ rather than as the noun veðr ‘storm’) : þyrr ‘rushes along’ (l. 7); varar ‘warns’ (taken as 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of vara ‘warn’ rather than as the noun varar f. gen. sg. ‘landing place’) : fýsir ‘urges’ (l. 8).

texts: Ht 22, SnE 614

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 20 (AII, 57; BII, 66); Skald II, 38, NN §2571; SnE 1848-87, I, 630-1, II, 370, 383, III, 115-16, SnE 1879-81, I, 3, 76, II, 12, SnE 1931, 226, SnE 2007, 13-14; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 13-14.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 47v, 6 - 47v, 8 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 49v, 21 - 49v, 21 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 142, 17 - 142, 19 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U*) 47r, 10 - 47r, 10 [1-2] (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U*) 51v, 4 - 51v, 6 (SnE)  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 212, 13 - 212, 16  
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