Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 76’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1187.
context: The metre is hnugghent ‘deprived-rhymed’. According to the commentary, the odd
lines consist of seven syllables and have no internal rhymes. The difference
between these odd lines and the odd lines in the previous stanza (st. 75) is
that the penultimate word is a disyllabic short-stemmed word. If we assume
resolution under primary stress (as indicated by the alliteration), these lines, too, can be
treated as hexasyllabic, except l. 7 (barring emendation). The structure of the
even lines is similar to those of sts 74-5 above,
except that the internal rhyme, which here falls in positions 1 and 3, is skothent rather than aðalhent, except in l. 8 (and l. 4, if we assume aðalhending on a : ǫ, which is unlikely given the time of composition). All even lines have alliteration in position 1, and the odd lines have two alliterating staves: in position 1 and on the short-stemmed disyllabic word in penultimate position.
notes: This metre is not attested elsewhere. — The rubric in R is lxviiii. — : The line contains only six syllables, and Rask (SnE 1818, 262) added the adv. fram ‘forwards’ after hlunna ‘rollers’, which has been adopted by subsequent eds (aside from SnE 1848-87, SnE 1931 and SnE 2007). — : Hríð- : skíð- form aðalhending rather than skothending, and Konráð Gíslason (1895-7) suggested the reading stóðum ‘stud-horses’ (svǫrtum stóðum hlunna ‘the black stud-horses of the rollers,’ i.e. ‘the black ships’; adopted in Skj B and Skald).
texts: ‹Ht 79›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 76 (AII, 72; BII, 82); Skald II, 45; SnE 1848-87, I, 692-3, III, 130, SnE 1879-81, I, 12, 83, II, 28, SnE 1931, 246, SnE 2007, 32; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 48-9.