Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 98’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1206.
þás vell gefa,
ok búa snekkjur,
I know that young princes, who give gold, brandish swords and occupy warships, are worthier of higher praise than a stay-at-home, than a wealth-withholder.
context: The metre is called Starkaðar lag ‘Starkaðr’s metre’ (heading in the left margin of R and
also added by R* in the right margin). The metre is fornyrðislag
(see st. 96) with two alliterative staves in the odd lines (Types A1 (ll. 3, 5,
7) and D2 (l. 1)) and anacrusis (Types C2 (ll. 2, 6, 8) and C3 (l. 4)) in the
notes: There is a discrepancy here between the heading (Starkaðar lag) and the prose commentary, which does not mention that metre; rather, the features that characterise the present stanza appear to match the description of stikkalag ‘needle-metre’ given in the commentary (for that term, see also Anon HarstII, Anon (Knýtl)II and Anon SǫrlVIII (Sǫrla 1) although none of those stanzas is in the same metre as the present stanza). It is not clear which of the two terms (Starkaðar lag or stikkalag) is erroneous. It is interesting that the stanza exemplifying bálkarlag in TGT (TGT 1884, 68) is attributed to Starkaðr (see Note to st. 97 [All] above). — Starkaðr was a legendary Danish hero (see Stark VíkVIII (Gautr 9-41), Saxo 2005, II, 675: Starcatherus and Note to Anon Mhkv 7/2). Most of the poetry attributed to Starkaðr (StarkSt VíkVIII (Gautr 9-41); StarkSt Frag) is in fornyrðislag, but none of those stanzas displays consistently the metrical features of the present stanza. — The prose word order of the present edn basically follows SnE 1879-81, Konráð Gíslason (1895-7), Skald (NN §2189) and SnE 2007. The word order in Skj B is extremely convoluted and will not be discussed here.
texts: ‹Ht 101›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 98 (AII, 76; BII, 87); Skald II, 48, NN §2189; SnE 1848-87, I, 712-15, III, 134, SnE 1879-81, I, 16, 85, II, 34, SnE 1931, 251, SnE 2007, 38; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 66.