Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 70’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1181.
context: This is the third variant of tøglag and it is called hagmælt ‘skilfully spoken’. The odd
lines contain two alliterating staves and skothending,
and the even lines have aðalhending.
notes: The top of fol. 51v is partly
damaged in R, and W is the main ms. for this stanza. — For other poems composed in hagmælt ‘skilfully spoken’, see ESk Hardr IIII. — [1-4]: Skj B connects the prepositional phrase of spakan mœti oddbraks ‘about the wise encounterer of the point-crash’ (ll. 1, 4) with ókveðit lit. ‘non-composed, non-recited’ (l. 3) and takes it to mean that Snorri has not used some of these metrical variants in his earlier poetry about Skúli. It is more likely, however, that Snorri boasts of having created new metres for these poems (see SnE 2007, 68). — : This line concludes the split refrain in st. 68/1 (see
Note to that line above). According to Snorri’s commentary, a correct refrain
in tøgdrápulag ‘journey-poem metre’
should commence in the first line of the first stanza and be completed in the
last line of the last stanza, i.e. the last stanza of the section of the poem
comprising a stefjamél ‘refrain
passage’ or ‘stef-interval’. An entire poem could contain several stefjamél with various split refrains, but, according to Snorri,
all refrain passages ought to be of equal length.
texts: ‹Ht 73›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 70 (AII, 70; BII, 80); Skald II, 44; SnE 1848-87, I, 684-7, III, 129, SnE 1879-81, I, 12, 82, II, 27, SnE 1931, 244, SnE 2007, 30; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 44.