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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Snorri Sturluson (SnSt)

13th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. Háttatal (Ht) - 102

Skj info: Snorri Sturluson, Islandsk höfding og skjald, 1178-1241. (AII, 52-79, BII, 60-90).

Skj poems:
1. En drape om Skule jarl
2. Háttatal
3. Af et religiøst digt (?)
4. Lausavísur
4. Lausavísur

prose works

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, 1197

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

87 — SnSt Ht 87III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 87’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1197.

Drífr handar hlekkr,
þars hilmir drekkr;
mjǫks brǫgnum bekkr
blíðskálar þekkr.
Leikr hilmis her
hreingullit ker
— segik alt, sem er —
við orða sker.

 

{The chain of the arm} [RING] flies around where the lord is drinking; {the brook of the cheer-cup} [DRINK] is very pleasing to men. The pure golden goblet plays against {the skerries of words} [TEETH] of the ruler’s army; I tell all as it is.

context: This variant is called ‘the lesser end-rhyme’ (in minni runhenda), because the identical end-rhymes are restricted to each helmingr (see st. 81). According to the commentary, it is a truncated (hnept) version of the metre in st. 86. That is not entirely correct, however, because although the lines end in monosyllables, they are still tetrasyllabic (regular Type B: ll. 1-3, 5, 7, 8; Type E: ll. 4, 6) and not catalectic variants of Types C3 and D2.

notes: For this metre, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 47-8. — [7, 8]: Note the apparently rhotacised form of er in the rhyme er ‘is’ : sker ‘skerries’ (see Note to st. 82/5, 6 above).

texts: Ht 90, SnE 682

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 87 (AII, 74; BII, 85); Skald II, 46; SnE 1848-87, I, 704-5, III, 132, SnE 1879-81, I, 14, 84, II, 31, SnE 1931, 249, SnE 2007, 35; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 57-8.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 52v, 10 - 52v, 12 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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