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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, 1165

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56 — SnSt Ht 56III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 56’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1165.

Hverr ali blóði byrsta
bens rauðsylgjum ylgi,
nema svát gramr of gildi
gráð dag margan vargi?
Gefr oddviti undir
egg bitnar vitni;
hann sér Fenris fitjar
framm klóloðnar roðna.

 

Who might nourish the she-wolf, bristled with blood, {with red slurps of the wound}, [BLOOD] unless the ruler would satisfy the wolf’s hunger many a day? The war-leader gives the wolf wounds, newly bitten by the blade; he sees {the hands of Fenrir}, [PAWS] claw-shaggy, turn red at the tips.

context: This variant is called Egils háttr ‘Egill’s verse-form’. It is characterised by a lack of internal rhymes in the odd lines and by aðalhending and riðhent ‘rocking-rhymed’ (see st. 32) in the even lines.

notes: The heading in is Egils háttr. 48. This variant does occur in the poetry of Egill Skallagrímsson (Egill Lv 8/1-2V (Eg 12), 35/1-2V (Eg 64), 42/7-8V (Eg 122), but not systematically. — Stanzas 56 and 57 are given in the reverse order in W. This is the last stanza recorded in U. — [8]: This line has caused problems for earlier eds, and the problems were compounded by the fact that Skj A contains an error in the transcription (‘kloðloðnar’ for ‘kloloðnar’ R). See the discussion by Fidjestøl (1982, 72-3) and the literature cited there. The present edn follows Fidjestøl (loc. cit.) and Faulkes (SnE 2007).

texts: Ht 59, SnE 651

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 56 (AII, 67; BII, 76); Skald II, 42, NN §§1317, 1318, 2183, 2573, 3261; SnE 1848-87, I, 670-1, II, 395-6, III, 125, SnE 1879-81, I, 9, 80, II, 22, SnE 1931, 239, SnE 2007, 25; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 33-4.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 50r, 23 - 50r, 25 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 52v, 2 - 52v, 2 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 147, 11 - 147, 13 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 55r, 6 - 55r, 8 (SnE)  image  
AMAcc 18x (Acc18x) 223, 6 - 223, 9  
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