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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, 1203

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94 — SnSt Ht 94III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 94’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1203.

gramr
gulli søri Kraki framr;
efla frágum Haka hjaldr;
†hl† aldr.
Ormi veitti Sigurðr sár;
slíkt vas alt fyr liðit ár;
Ragnarr þótti skatna skýrstr;
Skúli jarl es miklu dýrstr.

 

the lord; the outstanding Kraki sowed gold; we [I] heard that Haki waged war; age. Sigurðr inflicted a wound on the serpent; all that was before the year gone by; Ragnarr seemed the wisest of rulers; Skúli jarl is by far the most glorious.

context: There is no commentary accompanying this stanza, but the metre is a catalectic heptasyllabic variant of hrynhent ‘flowing-rhymed’ (sts 62-4) and thus similar to st. 91 (and also used in Anon Mhkv). Because the identical rhymes involve couplets only, it is ‘the least end-rhyme’ (in minnsta runhenda).

notes: The top right corner of fol. 53r has been torn off, and the readings of ll. 1 and 4 cannot be reconstructed. — Snorri uses allusions to the exploits of legendary kings and heroes to extol Skúli’s prowess. All of these persons are also commemorated in RvHbreiðm Hl. This stanza is very similar to Anon Mhkv 7-8, which commemorate ancient heroes and are characterised by the same abrupt syntax: each line contains one independent clause. It is not unlikely that Snorri would have been familiar with that poem and used it as a model for the present stanza. — [7-8]: See the verbal echoes of these lines in st. 82/5-8.

texts: Ht 97, SnE 689

editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 94 (AII, 75-6; BII, 86); Skald II, 47; SnE 1848-87, I, 710-11, III, 134, SnE 1879-81, I, 15, 85, II, 33, SnE 1931, 251, SnE 2007, 37; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 63-4.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 53r, 2 - 53r, 4 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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