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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, 1178

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66 — SnSt Ht 66III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 66’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1178.

Eyddi úthlaupsmǫnnum
ítr hertogi spjótum;
sungu stál of stillis
— stóð ylgr í val — dólgum.
Hal margan lét hǫfði
hoddgrimmr jǫfurr skemra;
svá kann rán at refsa
reiðr oddviti þjóðum.

 

The splendid army-leader destroyed robbers with spears; swords sang above the ruler’s enemies; the she-wolf stood among the fallen. The hoard-grim prince made many a man shorter by a head; thus the angry war-leader punishes people for plundering.

context: This variant is called munnvǫrp ‘mouth-throwings’ (i.e. ‘improvisations’), and it is characterised by a lack of internal rhyme in the odd lines and by skothending in the even lines. In Hák, the stanza commemorates Skúli’s battles against the Ribbungar during the winter of 1221-2 (see sts 63-4 above).

notes: This variant is quite common in more informal poetry, and it is the metre used in Bjbp JómsI. See also RvHbreiðm Hl 15-16. — In Hák the stanza is attributed to Snorri Sturluson in all mss (ms. 42ˣ has ‘St.’), but the title of the poem is not given. This is the last stanza documenting historical events that took place in 1221-2, and it is therefore valuable for establishing a date of composition for the poem.

texts: Flat 839, Hák 15, Ht 69, SnE 661

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 66 (AII, 69-70; BII, 79); Skald II, 44; SnE 1848-87, I, 680-1, III, 128, SnE 1879-81, I, 11, 82, II, 25, SnE 1931, 243, SnE 2007, 28; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 41-2; E 1916, 509, F 1871, 427, Hák 1910-86, 365, Hák 1977-82, 45-6, Flat 1860-8, III, 46.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 51r, 12 - 51r, 14 (SnE)  image  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 148, 20 - 148, 22 (SnE)  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 150r, 28 - 150r, 30 (Hák)  transcr.  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 92va, 8 - 92va, 11 (Hák)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 105v, 28 - 106r, 5 (Hák)  transcr.  image  
AM 81 a fol (81a) 78rb, 35 - 78va, 1 (Hák)  transcr.  image  
AM 304 4°x (304x) 275v - 275v (Hák)  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 168va, 28 - 168va, 30 (Hák)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 352r, 19 - 352v, 2  image  
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