Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 88’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1198.
context: This variant is based on dróttkvætt, and according to the
commentary the alliterating staves are placed as in dróttkvætt lines. Lines 4 and 6 are Type C3 with anacrusis,
however, which is avoided in regular dróttkvætt
(although it occurs in older and more occasional poetry and also in the metre háttlausa ‘formless’; see st. 67). The
metre is called in minnsta runhenda ‘the least end-rhyme’, and
the identical end-rhymes are restricted to each couplet (see sts 82, 85).
notes: For this metre, see also RvHbreiðm Hl 21-2. — With Konráð Gíslason (1895-7), Skj B and Skald treat the clause contained in ll. 3-4 as a parenthetic main clause and have the first clause in the second helmingr (ll. 5-6) continue the sentence introduced by en ‘and’ in l. 1 of the first helmingr. While that clause arrangement, which obliterates the caesura between the two half-stanzas, is possible (see st. 84 above), it is less desirable and also unnecessary here. The present edn follows SnE 2007.
texts: ‹Ht 91›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 88 (AII, 74; BII, 85); Skald II, 47; SnE 1848-87, I, 704-7, III, 133, SnE 1879-81, I, 14, 84, II, 32, SnE 1931, 249, SnE 2007, 35-6; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 58-9.