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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 19 September 2021)

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

SkP info: III, 1138

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

32 — SnSt Ht 32III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 32’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1138.

Él þreifsk skarpt of Skúla
skýs snarvinda lindar;
egg varð hvǫss í hǫggum
hræs dynbrunnum runnin.
Seimþreytir bjó sveita
snjallr ilstafna hrafni;
Páll varð und fet falla
framm þrábarni arnar.

 

{The storm {of the cloud {of the biting winds of the linden-spear}}} [BATTLE > SHIELD > BATTLE] grew vigorously around Skúli; the sharp blade became drenched {with rushing fountains of carrion} [BLOOD] during the blows. {The brave gold-destroyer} [GENEROUS MAN] adorned {the foot-sole prows} [CLAWS] of the raven with blood; Páll had to fall forwards beneath the footsteps {of the beloved child of the eagle}. [EAGLE]

context: The dróttkvætt variant is riðhent ‘rocking-rhymed’, which is similar to bragarbót ‘poem’s improvement’ (see st. 31 above) except that the trisyllabic compounds are found in the even rather than in the odd lines.

notes: The headings are 25 () and liðhendum ‘with helping rhymes’ (U(47R)). For this variant, see SnE 2007, 57-8 and Gade (1995a, 116, 259 nn. 6, 7). For liðhent, see sts 41 and 53 below. The name of the verse-form, riðhent ‘rocking-rhymed’, refers to the proximity of the internal rhymes (with only an unstressed, enclitic syllable between them).

texts: Ht 34, SnE 626

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 32 (AII, 61; BII, 69); Skald II, 39; SnE 1848-87, I, 642-5, II, 371, 387, III, 118, SnE 1879-81, I, 5, 78, II, 15, SnE 1931, 230, SnE 2007, 17; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 20-1.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 48r, 32 - 48r, 35 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 50v, 13 - 50v, 13 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 144, 5 - 144, 8 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 47r, 19 - 47r, 19 [1-2] (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 52v, 10 - 52v, 13 (SnE)  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 215, 21 - 215, 24  
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