Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 93’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1202.
context: This is another variant called in minni runhenda (‘the lesser
end-rhyme’), and the identical end-rhymes are confined to each helmingr. According to the commentary,
it is a catalectic version of st. 92, and it is based on náhent ‘close-rhymed’ (st. 75) and hálfhnept ‘half-curtailed’ (st. 77). Whereas the odd lines can be construed as either náhent or hálfhnept, l. 4 is alhnept ‘completely curtailed’ (st. 78), and none of the remaining even lines corresponds structurally to the even lines given as examples of even náhent and hálfhnept lines. It could be that Snorri here compared ll. 2, 6 and 8 to odd náhent and hálfhnept lines, as defined by the fillers of the last two metrical positions (a monosyllable followed by a monosyllable in náhent and hálfhnept, and a short-stemmed disyllabic word followed by a monosyllable in hálfhnept). The metre is not attested elsewhere.
notes: : Skj B and Skald insert ok and read verbál ok ólest ‘sea-pyre and undamaged’ to restore a pentasyllabic line. However, that emendation makes the line unmetrical. — [5-8]: The visit referred to in this half-stanza must be Snorri’s previous stay at the Norwegian court (1218-20).
texts: ‹Ht 96›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 93 (AII, 75; BII, 86); Skald II, 47; SnE 1848-87, I, 708-11, III, 133-4, SnE 1879-81, I, 15, 84, II, 33, SnE 1931, 250, SnE 2007, 37; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 62-3.