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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, ‘(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, 1148

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

39 — SnSt Ht 39III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 39’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1148.

Ok hjaldrreifan hófu
hoddstiklanda miklir
— morðflýtir kná mœta
málmskúrar dyn — hjálmar,
hjaldrs þás hilmir foldar
hugdýrum gaf stýri
(ógnsvellir fær allan)
jarldóm (gǫfugr sóma).

 

And great helmets promoted {the battle-happy hoard-dispenser} – [GENEROUS MAN = Skúli] {the urger of battles} [WARRIOR] meets {the din of the metal-shower} –, [BATTLE] when {the lord of the land} [KING = Ingi] gave {the noble-minded controller of battle} [WARRIOR = Skúli] an earldom; {the glorious terror-increaser} [WARRIOR] obtains all honour.

context: The dróttkvætt variant is called tiltekit ‘linked’ (see st. 15), and the term apparently refers to the fact that the two helmingar are linked syntactically, that is, the first clause in the second helmingr is dependent on the first clause of the first helmingr. The commentary is not quite clear, however, and it could be that ‘linked’ refers to the repetition of the word hjaldr- (l. 1) in l. 5 (hjaldrs).

notes: In dróttkvætt stanzas it is not uncommon for the second helmingr to be syntactically dependent on the first helmingr, but syntactic dependency is never used systematically throughout a poem (see also SnE 2007, 79). — The heading in is 31. — Just before he died, King Ingi Bárðarson (d. 21 April 1217) gave his half-brother Skúli the title of jarl.

texts: Ht 41, SnE 633

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 39 (AII, 63; BII, 71); Skald II, 40, NN §§1314; SnE 1848-87, I, 650-1, II, 389-90, III, 120-1, SnE 1879-81, I, 7, 78, II, 17, SnE 1931, 233, SnE 2007, 19; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 24-5.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 48v, 33 - 48v, 35 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 51r, 11 - 51r, 11 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 144, 29 - 144, 31 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 53r, 20 - 53r, 22 (SnE)  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 217, 19 - 217, 22  
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