Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 74’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1185.
context: The metre is stúfhent ‘stump-rhymed’. Each line consists of four syllables (four
metrical positions as in fornyrðislag),
with the internal rhymes (skothending
in odd lines and aðalhending in even
lines) on adjacent syllables (the syllable with secondary stress in position 2 and the fully
stressed syllable in position 3, the first syllable of the cadence). All
lines are Type A2l. The term stúfhent
must refer to the monosyllabic rhyming syllables in position 2. The odd lines
have two alliterative staves (in positions 1 and 3), and in the even lines the hǫfuðstafr ‘main stave’ falls on the
first lift (in metrical position 1).
notes: The rubric in R is lxvii. — This metre is not attested elsewhere in skaldic poetry.
texts: ‹Ht 77›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 74 (AII, 71; BII, 81); Skald II, 45; SnE 1848-87, I, 690-1, III, 130, SnE 1879-81, I, 12, 82, II, 28, SnE 1931, 245, SnE 2007, 31; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 47.