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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, 1189

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78 — SnSt Ht 78III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 78’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1189.

Hrǫnn skerr (hvatt ferr)
húfr kaldr (allvaldr);
brýtr (lǫg skýtr)
lim-Garmr (rangbarmr).
Brátt skekr (byrr rekr)
blán vegg (ráskegg);
jarl lætr almætr
ósvipt húnskript.

 

The cold hull cuts the wave; the mighty ruler travels fast; {the branch-Garmr} [STORM] breaks the surf; the curved side of the ship thrusts aside the sea. The dark sail suddenly shakes; the breeze unfolds {the sailyard-beard}; [SAIL] the thoroughly glorious jarl leaves {the decorated cloth of the mast-top} [SAIL] unreefed.

context: The name of the metre is alhnept ‘completely curtailed’. All lines are tetrasyllabic and have internal rhymes (aðalhendingar) on secondarily stressed syllables in positions 2 and 4. The internal rhymes are monosyllabic (hnept, see st. 77 above) and comprise the entire rhyming syllable (SnE 2007, 33: <ok lúkask> báðar í einn staf ‘and both [syllables] end with the same letter’). In the odd lines alliteration falls in positions 1 and 3. All lines are Type A2ab.

notes: For this metre, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 49-50, 69-70 and 77-8. It is also attested in Ótt Óldr 1/4, 2/2, 5/2, 4 and 6/4.

texts: Ht 81, SnE 673

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 78 (AII, 72; BII, 82); Skald II, 45; SnE 1848-87, I, 694-7, III, 130-1, SnE 1879-81, I, 13, 83, II, 29, SnE 1931, 247, SnE 2007, 32-3; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 49-50.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 52r, 7 - 52r, 9 (SnE)  image  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 150, 7 - 150, 9 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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